Microplastics – Detection in Living Human Lungs Reported

The abstract of an article in the July 20, 2022 issue of Science of the Total Environment https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969722020009 by researchers with UK University of Hull and UK Castle Hill Hospital reports that “… This study analysed digested human lung tissue samples … using μFTIR spectroscopy (size limitation of 3 μm) to detect and characterise any Airborne microplastics (MPs) present. In total, 39 MPs were identified within 11 of the 13 lung tissue samples … Of the MPs detected, 12 polymer types were identified with polypropylene, PP (23%), polyethylene terephthalate, PET (18%) and resin (15%) the most abundant. MPs (unadjusted) were identified within all regions of the lung … The study demonstrates the highest level of contamination control and reports unadjusted values alongside different contamination adjustment techniques. These results support inhalation as a route of exposure for environmental MPs, and this characterisation of types and levels can now inform realistic conditions for laboratory exposure experiments, with the aim of determining health impacts …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics @UniOfHull