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Mercury Disposition in Suckling Rats: Comparative Assessment Following Parenteral Exposure to Thiomersal and Mercuric Chloride

Table 2

Descriptive characteristics and Pearson’s correlation coefficient between two experimental groups of suckling rats exposed to HgCl2 (mercuric chloride) or thiomersal (ethylmercury). Total mercury was measured in whole blood, urine, and tissues (liver, kidneys, small intestine, large intestine, and brain). Values are presented as μg/L in whole blood and urine, and as μg/g w.w. in the liver, kidneys, small intestine, large intestine, and brain.

Study groupSamplesMeanStd. dev.N 𝑃 valuePearson’s r

HgCl2Whole blood33.211.0180.0000.899
Thiomersal83125718
HgCl2Urine15.99.10180.7420.089
Thiomersal2.060.9518
HgCl2Liver1546172180.770.079
Thiomersal125115818
HgCl2Kidneys6958589.6180.746−0.088
Thiomersal1818253.518
HgCl2Small intestine369.970.76180.510.178
Thiomersal276.942.4318
HgCl2Large intestine471.7134.4180.0260.554
Thiomersal284.548.7218
HgCl2Brain42.75.69180.4440.206
Thiomersal72.05.4818

𝑁 = Number of rats.

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