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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 249, Issue 2, pp 461–464 | Cite as

Total body calcium by neutron activation analysis: Reference data for children

  • K. J. EllisEmail author
  • R. J. Shypailo
  • A. C. Hergenroeder
  • M. D. Perez
  • S. A. Abrams
Article

Abstract

There is a paucity of data on the chemical composition of the humanbody during growth. Total body calcium (TBCa) has been reported for only onemale child, aged 41/2 yr. We have obtained TBCa values for 25 children and27 young women using in vivo neutron activation analysis. Our TBCa resultswere lower than those reported for the one male cadaver, as well as the estimatesderived for the “Reference Man” model. We conclude that the referencevalues for TBCa may need to be adjusted to appropriately describe skeletalmineralization of contemporary children.

Keywords

Calcium Physical Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Young Woman Activation Analysis 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers/Akadémiai Kiadó 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. J. Ellis
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • R. J. Shypailo
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. C. Hergenroeder
    • 2
    • 3
  • M. D. Perez
    • 2
    • 3
  • S. A. Abrams
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Body Composition LaboratoryUSDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Texas Children's Hospital, HoustonHoustonUSA

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