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Med Arch. 2014; 68(5): 324-328

Correlation Between Blood Lead Level and Hemoglobin Level in Mitrovica Children

Drita Kutllovci-Zogaj,, Selvete Krasniqi,, Isa Elezaj,, Naser Ramadani,, Tahire Gjergji,, Dukagjin Zogaj, Arben Kutllovci, Arbëresha Jaka, Antigona Ukëhaxhaj, Sanije Gashi,, Ergyl Bince.


Introduction: Lead toxicity is a serious health threat, especially in developing countries due to environmental pollution. It was thus aimed to investigate correlation between blood lead level and concentration level of hemoglobin in the blood of children involved in research. Material and methods: The research included 250 children of which 31(12.4%) kindergarten children, 166 (66.4%) of primary school pupils in Mitrovica and 53(21.2%) of primary school pupils in Shtime as control group. From the 250 children included in the survey 129 or 51.6% were female children and 48.4% male children. Children were selected randomly, while tests for concentration of Pb and blood hemoglobin were done at the National Institute of Public Health. Results: The average value of blood lead level of Mitrovica pupils was 2.4 μg/dL (SD±1.9μg/dL), range 0.5 to 16.3μg/dL. The average value of blood lead level of Shtime pupils was 2.3μg/dL (SD±0.7μg/dL), range 1.2 to 5.2 μg/dL with no statistical difference (P = 0.191). The average value of blood lead level in kindergarten children of Mitrovica was 3.8μg/dL (SD±1.3μg/dL), range 2.2 to 7.7μg/dL with significant difference between the average values ​​of blood lead levels of pupils and kindergarten children of Mitrovica (P

Key words: Blood lead level, Blood hemoglobin, Correlation.

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