Blood lead levels of pregnant women from the Klang Valley

H. J. Hisham, S. Y. Chuah, Syarif Husin Lubis, I. Nik Nasri, M. N. Mohd. Fairulnizam

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A study was conducted to compare the blood lead levels of 97 pregnant women warded at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, according to their ethnicity, residence and place of work. The lead content of venous blood samples was determined with a graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometer. Blood lead levels of Klang Valley women seem to have decreased from 17.3 μg/dl in 1982 to 7.71 μg/dl in the present study, most probably attributed to the phasing out of leaded gasoline. This level is below the 10 μg/dl recommended by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the public, even though 27.8 % of them still have blood lead levels that are equal to or in excess of 10 μg/dl. The study shows that certain segments of the population such as Indians (geometric mean = 9.35 μg/dl) and housewives (geometric mean = 9.55 μg/dl) may still experience blood lead levels that are slightly elevated than the rest of the population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-81
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume53
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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Keywords

  • Blood lead levels
  • Environmental health
  • Lead toxicity
  • Pregnancy

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Hisham, H. J., Chuah, S. Y., Lubis, S. H., Nik Nasri, I., & Mohd. Fairulnizam, M. N. (1998). Blood lead levels of pregnant women from the Klang Valley. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 53(1), 76-81.

Blood lead levels of pregnant women from the Klang Valley. / Hisham, H. J.; Chuah, S. Y.; Lubis, Syarif Husin; Nik Nasri, I.; Mohd. Fairulnizam, M. N.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 53, No. 1, 1998, p. 76-81.

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Hisham, HJ, Chuah, SY, Lubis, SH, Nik Nasri, I & Mohd. Fairulnizam, MN 1998, 'Blood lead levels of pregnant women from the Klang Valley', Medical Journal of Malaysia, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 76-81.
Hisham HJ, Chuah SY, Lubis SH, Nik Nasri I, Mohd. Fairulnizam MN. Blood lead levels of pregnant women from the Klang Valley. Medical Journal of Malaysia. 1998;53(1):76-81.
Hisham, H. J. ; Chuah, S. Y. ; Lubis, Syarif Husin ; Nik Nasri, I. ; Mohd. Fairulnizam, M. N. / Blood lead levels of pregnant women from the Klang Valley. In: Medical Journal of Malaysia. 1998 ; Vol. 53, No. 1. pp. 76-81.
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