Levels of Some Trace Elements in Selected Autopsy Organs, and in Hair and Blood Samples from Adult Subjects of the Italian Population

This study, which is part of a research program for the determination of trace element reference levels in various human tissues for the Italian population, presents the concentrations of Se, Hg, Cr, Cs, Sc, Rb, Zn, Fe, Co, and Sb in lung, liver, spleen, and kidney autopsy samples taken from 14 adult subjects of the Italian population who died from accidental causes. Concentrations of the same trace elements are given also for blood and hair samples taken from subjects of the general Italian population and of a population group living in a small coastal town that has an average annual fish consumption well above the national average. The analytical method used was Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis. The levels and distribution of the trace elements in the various human organs examined are analyzed and discussed.

G. Ingrao, P. Belloni, S. Di Pietro, & G. P. Santaroni (Biological Trace Element Research, December 1999)