Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 79, Issue 3, pp 197–203 | Cite as

Levels of cadmium, lead, and mercury in human brain tumors

  • Iman Al-Saleh
  • Neptune Shinwari


This article reports on the levels of cadmium, lead, and mercury in 21 benign brain tumors and 23 malignant brain tumors. All measurements were performed by atomic absorption spectrometry following digestion by nitric acid. Average concentrations of cadmium, lead, and mercury in brain tumors were 2.02 (ND-72.78), 0.625 (ND-83.13), and 0.118 (ND-1.96) µg/g wet weight, respectively. Our values were higher than data reported by others.

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Cadmium lead mercury brain tumors atomic absorption spectrophotometer vapour generator accessory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iman Al-Saleh
    • 1
  • Neptune Shinwari
    • 1
  1. 1.Biological and Medical Research Department (MBC#03)King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research CentreRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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