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Lead exposure and semen quality among traffic police in Arequipa, Peru.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15875892     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined lead exposure (n = 43) and semen quality (n = 18) among traffic police officers in Arequipa, Peru, where leaded gasoline is used. Blood lead (PbB) was measured using atomic absorption spectrophotometry, and semen was analyzed following World Health Organization (WHO) protocol. Mean PbB was 48.5 microg/dL. Although current PbB was associated with declines in several semen parameters (sperm morphology, concentration and total number of sperm), only sperm motility and viability differed significantly between the < or = 40 microg/dL and > 40 microg/dL categories, and decreased with increasing PbB in simple linear regression. Traffic police are an indicator group for excessive ambient lead exposure, and these results support earlier findings on the male reproductive toxicity of lead. The results should be interpreted cautiously since the numbers were small and the analysis was unable to control for all potential confounders due to incomplete data.
Lynn Eibensteiner; Ada Del Carpio Sanz; Howard Frumkin; Carla Gonzales; Gustavo F Gonzales
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of occupational and environmental health     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1077-3525     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Occup Environ Health     Publication Date:    2005 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-05-06     Completed Date:  2005-07-12     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9505217     Medline TA:  Int J Occup Environ Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  161-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Air Pollutants / adverse effects
Cross-Sectional Studies
Lead / adverse effects*
Middle Aged
Occupational Exposure*
Spectrophotometry, Atomic
Sperm Motility*
Vehicle Emissions / adverse effects*
Grant Support
1 D43 TW05746-02/TW/FIC NIH HHS
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Air Pollutants; 0/Vehicle Emissions; 7439-92-1/Lead

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