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Table 2 Results from determinations of methylmercury, inorganic mercury and total mercury in tissues.

From: Mercury in human brain, blood, muscle and toenails in relation to exposure: an autopsy study

Tissue Analyte a Median Mean b SD Min Max 10-percentile 90-percentile
Blood (v. femoralis) (μg/L) T-Hg 3.3 5 5.3 0.9 27.4 1.4 12.5
  I-Hg 1.0 2.3 4.2 0.1 22.4 0.2 5.2
  MeHg 2.2 2.7 2.3 0.3 10.9 0.9 6.2
Occipital cortex (μg/kg) T-Hg 12 18 32 1 181 5 28
  I-Hg 5 12 29 2 164 3 18
  MeHg 4 6 6 <D.L.c 28 1 16
Abdominal muscle (μg/kg) T-Hg 3 5 6 0.3 29 0.9 12
Thyroid gland (n = 28) (μg/kg) T-Hg 19 55 186 2.7 1000 5.1 47
Pituitary gland (μg/kg) T-Hg 43 200 540 4.9 2900 12 460
Toenails (n = 29) (μg/kg) T-Hg 236 280 214 64 856 67 624
  1. a) T-Hg: Total mercury concentration; I-Hg: Inorganic mercury concentration; MeHg: Methylmercury concentration
  2. b) Samples with concentrations below detection limit were given a value of half the detection limit of the actual analytical run
  3. c) Detection Limit