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Evaluation of tests for diagnosis of lead exposure in sheep


Rolton, CE and Horton, BJ and Pass, DA, Evaluation of tests for diagnosis of lead exposure in sheep, Australian Veterinary Journal, 54 pp. 393-397. ISSN 0005-0423 (1977) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1751-0813.1978.tb02512.x


SUMMARY Several laboratory tests that are currently used for the diagnosis of lead poisoning in man were evaluated for the detection of lead poisoning in sheep given 3 or 10 mg Pb/kg body weight/day for 7 weeks. Urinary porphyrins and basophilic stippling of erythrocytes were not sensitive indicators of lead poisoning in sheep, while urinary lead and urinary ∂‐aminolevulinic acid concentrations were too variable to have diagnostic value. However, erythrocyte ∂‐aminolevulinic acid dehydratase was strongly inhibited by exposure to relatively low doses of lead, while blood lead concentrations gave an indication of the level of exposure to lead poisoning. Copyright © 1978, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Animal production
Research Field:Animal protection (incl. pests and pathogens)
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Livestock raising
Objective Field:Sheep for wool
UTAS Author:Horton, BJ (Dr Brian Horton)
ID Code:69886
Year Published:1977
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2011-05-23
Last Modified:2011-05-23

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