Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Dergisi 2003 , Vol 46 , Num 1
Blood lead levels in primary school children in Ankara
In this study the blood lead levels of primary school children living in the city center of Ankara were evaluated. Blood samples were collected from 118 children attending primary school grade one or two in the city center of Ankara. The children were selected randomly from high and low socioeconomic level districts. Blood lead level was determined by atomic absorption spectrophotometer using Zeeman SIMAA 6000 (Perkin Elmer). The mean blood lead level was found to be 3.8 ± 2.07 µg/dl. Only two cases had blood lead levels above 10 mg/dl. There was no difference for mean blood lead levels according to sex, socioeconomic level, maternal education, exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, mode of heating at home or the traffic load of the house. On the other hand the mean blood lead level of children with low paternal education and low weight or height percentile was found to be higher (p<0.05). In conclusion, although the risk of having high blood lead levels is low for primary school children living in the city center of Ankara, children with low paternal education or chronic malnutrition have a higher risk. Anahtar Kelimeler : kan kurşun düzeyi, ilkokul, beslenme bozukluğu, blood lead level, primary school, malnutrition
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