, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 295–300 | Cite as

Über den natürlichen Lithiumgehalt tierischer Gewebe

  • Dietrich Eichner
  • Klaus Opitz

Lithium tissue content in untreated animals


“Normal” lithium concentrations were determined by flameless atomic absorption spectrophotometry in the following organs and tissues of 12 male and 12 female adult rats: Red blood cells, blood serum; parotis, submandibular gland; ovary; uterus; testes; pituitary, adrenal gland, thyroid, thymus; abdominal muscle, thigh muscle, heart muscle; brain (9 different parts), trigeminus nerve; pancreas, liver, kidney; femur, incisor tooth, xiphoid process. — The highest lithium concentrations were found in bone and teeth (60–80 nEq/g dry weight) and in the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland (59 nEq/g) the lowest in blood serum (<5 nEq/ml). Only two organs showed significant sex differences: adrenals and thymus gland.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dietrich Eichner
    • 1
    • 2
  • Klaus Opitz
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Anatomie der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität in Münster/WestfMünsterDeutschland
  2. 2.Institut für Pharmakologie und Toxikologie der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität in Münster/WestfMünsterDeutschland

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