Ann Acad Med Stetin 2011 ;57(3):49-63
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Cadmium (Cd, cadmium in Latin) is a heavy metal widely present in nature. Like Hg, Pb, and As, cadmium belongs to elements with an unknown physiopathologic role. The progress of civilization, urbanization, and industrialization may lead to significant risk of cadmium pollution in the natural environment. The authors draw attention to the likely causes and effects of environmental pollution with cadmium and its effects on human health. Environmental and occupational exposures are discussed. Strong correlations between cadmium dose, exposure time, tissue concentration, and clinical symptoms in humans are emphasized.
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