Arch Dis Child 88:791-792 doi:10.1136/adc.88.9.791
  • Community child health, public health, and epidemiology

Association between blood lead concentrations and body iron status in children

  1. J W Choi1,
  2. S K Kim2
  1. 1Department of Laboratory Medicine, College of Medicine, Inha University, Inchon, South Korea
  2. 2Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Inha University
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr J W Choi, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Inha University Hospital, 7-206, 3-ga, Shinheung-dong, Jung-gu, Inchon, 400-711, South Korea;
  • Accepted 3 February 2003


Blood lead concentrations and body iron status were investigated in 279 children. Blood lead concentrations showed no increase during iron depletion phase (stage I) but markedly increased from the phase of iron deficient erythropoiesis (stage II). Increased blood lead concentrations in anaemic subjects significantly decreased after iron supplementation.