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Two healthy individuals who drank water accidentally contaminated at source with aluminium sulphate solution were investigated 6-7 months later. Bone biopsy specimens showed discrete lines of positive staining for aluminium, the distribution being compatible with acute exposure some months previously. These findings show that under certain conditions normal individuals can absorb aluminium via the gut, and that such aluminium can be deposited in bone.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/0140-6736(90)92012-7

Type

Journal article

Journal

Lancet (London, England)

Publication Date

08/1990

Volume

336

Pages

462 - 464

Addresses

Department of Cellular and Molecular Sciences, St George's Hospital Medical School, London, UK.

Keywords

Bone and Bones, Ilium, Digestive System, Humans, Mouth Diseases, Nose Diseases, Ulcer, Alum Compounds, Aluminum, Water Pollutants, Environmental Exposure, Water Supply, Drinking, Time Factors, Adult, Middle Aged, Female, Male