Lalor, Gerald C.; Rattray, Robin; Williams, N.; Wright, P.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
International Centre for Environment and Nuclear Sciences
Cadmium levels in kidney and liver of Jamaicans at autopsy
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
The cadmium concentrations in the kidneys and livers of 39 autopsy cases in Jamaica, in the age group greater than or equal to 40 years, are renal cortex; range 6.7 -126 mg kg (-1), mean 43.8 mg kg (-1); liver: range 0.3- 24.3 mg kg (-1), mean 5.3mg kg (-1). The mean levels in the renal cortex are higher for women than for men but not so significantly, or are the differences between smokers and non- smokers clear. The observed values are considered high, second only to Japan where cadmium related health impairments have occurred and nearly twice as high as the values reported from Austria, Australia, the United Kingdom and Sweden. The Jamaican cases were area with relatively low soil-cadmium concentrations, and the corresponding values are likely to be significantly higher in central Jamaica where soil contains unusually high levels of cadmium. An examination of possible contributions of cadmium intake to renal problems in Jamaica now appears to be necessary.....