Objective: To investigate the sources of lead in the environment in children with elevated blood, with the help of a Field Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer. Methods. One hundred and seven school children were chosen for this study on a random basis, from Mangalore and Karnataka. Their blood lead was analyzed. Of the cases analyzed, 10 students whose blood lead level was more than 40 μg/dl were investigated using a field portable X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer. This is the first time such a device has been available for this purpose in India. Results: The 'likely' source of lead exposure could be determined in eight cases which was from the immediate environment of the children like 'lead-based' paint on surfaces in the house, on playground and other exterior equipment; lead storage batteries, contaminated dust and soil and other lead-containing substances. Conclusion: The use of an X-Ray Fluorescence Analyser appeared to be useful in determining the source of lead.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Indian Journal of Pediatrics|
|Publication status||Published - 06-2004|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health