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J Toxicol Environ Health. 1977 Oct;3(3):557-63.

Effect of anemia on blood and tissue lead in rats.


The effect of anemia on the lead content of blood, red cells, and tissue was studied in rats given oral lead, 54 mg/kg-day for 6 days. The 16 rats made anemic (hematocrit, 26%) by bleeding on days 1, 3, and 5 had significantly higher concentrations of lead in the kidney, liver, red cells, blood, and brain (but not in the bone marrow). Increases in blood lead in anemic subjects were correlated with the concentrations in red cells, kidney, and liver. The greater increase in the lead content of all tissues of the anemic rats is consistent with increased lead absorption in anemia and is considered relevant to the clinical coexistence of anemia and lead poisoning.

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