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Environ Physiol Biochem. 1975;5(5):319-27.

Cytogenetic investigations on leucocytes of workers from a cadmium plant.


Chromosome analysis has been performed on workers from a cadmium plant who were exposed to fumes and dust of cadmium and lead. The 35 workers were classified, according to the type and duration of exposure, into a group (cadmium service) exposed to high levels of lead and cadmium in the absence of zinc (23 people) and a group of rolling-mill workers subjected mostly to zinc but also to lower levels of lead and cadmium (12 people). A higher yield of severe chromosome anomalies (chromatid exchange, disturbance of spiralization, chromosome translocation, ring and dicentric chromosomes) together with a total lower number of structural aberrations was observed in the cadmium workers when compared with the rolling-mill group.

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