Results for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

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Chemical Group: Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

  • Measured in: Serum

Project: Biomonitoring Exposures Study (BEST) - 1.Pilot

Diverse group of smiling adults
95% Confidence Interval Selected Percentiles
Chemical measured Indicates exposure to Units Number of people tested Geometric mean Lower Upper 25th 50th 75th 95th Detection frequency Limit of Detection (LOD), wet-weight
PCB 066 PCB 066 ng/g lipid 110 * * * <LOD <LOD 1.45 2.84 38.2% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 074 PCB 074 ng/g lipid 110 3.63 3.12 4.23 1.91 3.27 7.18 13.1 92.7% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 099 PCB 099 ng/g lipid 110 2.89 2.49 3.36 1.61 2.81 4.31 11.9 85.5% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 101 PCB 101 ng/g lipid 110 * * * <LOD <LOD 1.36 2.34 28.2% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 105 PCB 105 ng/g lipid 110 * * * <LOD <LOD 1.73 4.54 41.8% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 118 PCB 118 ng/g lipid 110 4.84 4.10 5.71 2.43 4.14 8.48 19.8 96.4% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 138 PCB 138 ng/g lipid 110 9.60 8.11 11.4 5.18 9.81 16.7 43.4 98.2% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 153 PCB 153 ng/g lipid 110 22.0 18.5 26.1 12.8 24.7 40.5 99.0 99.1% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 156 PCB 156 ng/g lipid 110 3.48 2.99 4.06 1.85 3.66 5.69 13.7 85.5% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 170 PCB 170 ng/g lipid 110 6.30 5.36 7.40 3.99 6.85 11.9 23.2 92.7% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 180 PCB 180 ng/g lipid 110 21.8 18.2 26.2 13.8 25.7 41.9 79.6 99.1% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 183 PCB 183 ng/g lipid 110 2.00 1.75 2.29 <LOD 1.90 3.26 8.51 66.4% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 187 PCB 187 ng/g lipid 110 6.38 5.37 7.58 3.60 6.90 11.7 25.0 91.8% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 194 PCB 194 ng/g lipid 110 5.24 4.45 6.17 2.96 5.50 9.87 19.2 89.1% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 203 PCB 203 ng/g lipid 110 3.15 2.71 3.66 1.55 3.41 5.35 10.8 81.8% 0.00800 ng/mL

Project: Biomonitoring Exposures Study (BEST) - 2.Expanded

Diverse group of smiling adults
95% Confidence Interval Selected Percentiles
Chemical measured Indicates exposure to Units Number of people tested Geometric mean Lower Upper 25th 50th 75th 95th Detection frequency Limit of Detection (LOD), wet-weight
PCB 066 PCB 066 ng/g lipid 217 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD <LOD 3.23% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 074 PCB 074 ng/g lipid 217 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD 11.6 22.1% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 099 PCB 099 ng/g lipid 217 2.05 1.87 2.25 1.18 1.83 3.17 6.62 84.3% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 101 PCB 101 ng/g lipid 217 0.983 0.938 1.03 0.796 0.933 1.18 1.68 94.9% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 105 PCB 105 ng/g lipid 217 1.16 1.09 1.24 0.863 1.10 1.43 2.74 98.2% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 118 PCB 118 ng/g lipid 217 * * * <LOD <LOD 5.21 12.0 57.1% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 138 PCB 138 ng/g lipid 217 6.01 5.30 6.83 2.92 5.69 13.5 30.2 80.6% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 153 PCB 153 ng/g lipid 217 12.5 10.7 14.4 5.30 12.0 29.5 73.1 97.2% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 156 PCB 156 ng/g lipid 217 * * * <LOD <LOD 4.18 9.90 52.1% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 170 PCB 170 ng/g lipid 217 4.25 3.71 4.86 1.72 4.28 9.57 21.9 77.4% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 180 PCB 180 ng/g lipid 217 11.8 10.1 13.9 <LOD 12.7 31.4 73.8 66.4% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 183 PCB 183 ng/g lipid 217 1.81 1.65 1.98 <LOD 1.63 2.94 6.67 68.2% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 187 PCB 187 ng/g lipid 217 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD 21.0 8.3% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 194 PCB 194 ng/g lipid 217 * * * <LOD <LOD 6.19 13.6 52.5% 0.00800 ng/mL
PCB 203 PCB 203 ng/g lipid 217 2.98 2.63 3.37 <LOD 2.70 6.29 13.4 65.4% 0.00800 ng/mL

Project: California Childhood Leukemia Study (CCLS)

Logo shows three young bears in yellow color standing in a row holding hands, with the name of the study shown in blue
95% Confidence Interval Selected Percentiles
Chemical measured Indicates exposure to Units Number of people tested Geometric mean Lower Upper 25th 50th 75th 90th Detection frequency Limit of Detection (LOD), wet-weight
PCB 028 PCB 28 ng/g lipid 48 4.1 3.6 4.7 <LOD 3.6 4.3 6.8 100% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 066 PCB 66 ng/g lipid 48 2.2 1.9 2.4 1.7 2.3 2.9 3.4 85% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 074 PCB 74 ng/g lipid 48 3.0 2.7 3.3 2.4 3.2 3.8 4.2 98% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 099 PCB 99 ng/g lipid 48 2.7 2.5 3.1 2.2 3.0 3.5 4.3 90% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 101 PCB 101 ng/g lipid 48 1.7 1.5 1.9 <LOD 1.8 2.3 2.9 65% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 105 PCB 105 ng/g lipid 48 1.9 1.7 2.1 <LOD 2.0 2.5 2.7 73% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 118 PCB 118 ng/g lipid 48 4.0 3.7 4.5 3.2 4.0 5.4 6.7 100% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 138 PCB 138 ng/g lipid 48 6.8 5.9 7.9 4.8 6.4 9.4 14 100% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 153 PCB 153 ng/g lipid 48 11 8.9 13 6.5 9.7 17 28 100% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 156 PCB 156 ng/g lipid 48 2.6 2.3 2.9 1.9 2.5 3.4 4.1 94% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 167 PCB 167 ng/g lipid 48 * * * <LOD 1.6 2.1 2.3 60% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 170 PCB 170 ng/g lipid 48 4.6 4.0 5.3 3.2 4.4 6.6 9.9 100% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 180 PCB 180 ng/g lipid 48 10 8.4 12 6.1 9.3 15 25 100% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 183 PCB 183 ng/g lipid 48 2.2 2.0 2.5 1.6 2.4 2.8 3.3 81% 0.011 ng/mL
PCB 187 PCB 187 ng/g lipid 48 3.5 3.1 4.1 2.5 3.4 4.6 7.2 100% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 194 PCB 194 ng/g lipid 48 3.1 2.8 3.5 2.3 3.2 4.2 5.4 100% 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 203 PCB 203 ng/g lipid 48 3.0 2.7 3.3 2.2 3.1 4.0 5.3 100% 0.010 ng/mL

Project: California Teachers Study (CTS)

95% Confidence Interval Selected Percentiles
Chemical measured Indicates exposure to Units Number of people tested Geometric mean Lower Upper 25th 50th 75th 95th Detection frequency Limit of Detection (LOD), wet-weight
PCB 066 PCB 66 ng/g lipid 793 * * * <LOD <LOD 1.68 3.07 39.8% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 074 PCB 74 ng/g lipid 793 5.96 5.67 6.26 3.84 6.43 9.53 17.7 96.5% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 099 PCB 99 ng/g lipid 793 3.11 2.97 3.27 2.01 3.07 4.82 9.73 90.4% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 101 PCB 101 ng/g lipid 793 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD <LOD 3.3% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 105 PCB 105 ng/g lipid 793 * * * <LOD 1.46 2.02 4.39 53% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 118 PCB 118 ng/g lipid 793 6.50 6.18 6.83 4.09 6.41 10.4 22.0 99% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 138 PCB 138 ng/g lipid 793 12.9 12.3 13.5 8.39 13.5 20.5 37.1 99.5% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 153 PCB 153 ng/g lipid 793 28.7 27.5 30.0 19.5 30.1 43.6 72.9 100% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 156 PCB 156 ng/g lipid 793 4.92 4.72 5.12 3.55 5.22 7.23 11.8 96.7% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 170 PCB 170 ng/g lipid 793 9.18 8.82 9.55 6.68 9.68 13.5 20.7 99.4% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 180 PCB 180 ng/g lipid 793 31.5 30.3 32.9 22.4 33.3 48.4 76.8 100% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 183 PCB 183 ng/g lipid 793 2.37 2.27 2.47 1.65 2.4 3.5 5.98 82% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 187 PCB 187 ng/g lipid 793 7.25 6.92 7.59 4.83 7.65 11.04 20.2 98.4% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 194 PCB 194 ng/g lipid 793 7.52 7.23 7.83 5.37 7.83 11.09 17.88 99.6% 0.015 ng/mL
PCB 203 PCB 203 ng/g lipid 793 6.47 6.17 6.78 4.36 6.75 10.14 16.71 97.2% 0.015 ng/mL

Project: Firefighter Occupational Exposures (FOX) Project

Firefighters fighting flames, wearing full protective suits and holding large hoses spraying water
95% Confidence Interval Selected Percentiles
Chemical measured Indicates exposure to Units Number of people tested Geometric mean Lower Upper 25th 50th 75th 95th Detection frequency Limit of Detection (LOD), wet-weight
PCB 066 PCB 66 ng/g lipid 101 1.17 1.09 1.25 <LOD 1.19 1.41 1.88 74.3% 0.007 ng/mL
PCB 074 PCB 74 ng/g lipid 101 1.77 1.61 1.95 1.33 1.73 2.33 4.02 96.0% 0.005 ng/mL
PCB 099 PCB 99 ng/g lipid 101 1.76 1.61 1.93 1.34 1.74 2.32 3.65 98.0% 0.005 ng/mL
PCB 101 PCB 101 ng/g lipid 101 * * * <LOD 1.09 1.43 1.89 50.5% 0.008 ng/mL
PCB 105 PCB 105 ng/g lipid 101 * * * <LOD <LOD 0.848 1.25 45.5% 0.005 ng/mL
PCB 118 PCB 118 ng/g lipid 101 2.66 2.46 2.87 2.15 2.75 3.25 5.11 99.0% 0.006 ng/mL
PCB 138 PCB 138 ng/g lipid 101 5.53 4.98 6.15 3.55 5.54 8.04 11.9 100% 0.005 ng/mL
PCB 153 PCB 153 ng/g lipid 101 12.2 10.8 13.7 8.18 12.9 18.9 29.8 100% 0.005 ng/mL
PCB 156 PCB 156 ng/g lipid 101 1.84 1.61 2.09 1.21 1.88 3.09 5.23 88.1% 0.005 ng/mL
PCB 170 PCB 170 ng/g lipid 101 3.64 3.16 4.19 2.21 3.85 5.95 10.3 97.0% 0.005 ng/mL
PCB 180 PCB 180 ng/g lipid 101 13.4 11.7 15.4 8.44 14.7 22.4 37.7 100% 0.006 ng/mL
PCB 183 PCB 183 ng/g lipid 101 1.03 0.930 1.15 <LOD 1.04 1.51 2.33 67.3% 0.005 ng/mL
PCB 187 PCB 187 ng/g lipid 101 2.99 2.61 3.42 1.87 2.94 5.32 7.84 97.0% 0.005 ng/mL
PCB 194 PCB 194 ng/g lipid 101 3.37 2.89 3.93 1.91 3.38 6.04 11.4 98.0% 0.005 ng/mL
PCB 203 PCB 203 ng/g lipid 101 3.37 2.92 3.89 1.91 3.83 6.30 9.37 98.0% 0.005 ng/mL

Project: Maternal and Infant Environmental Exposure Project (MIEEP)

Pregnant woman seated in front of a laptop computer
95% Confidence Interval Selected Percentiles
Chemical measured Indicates exposure to Units Number of people tested Geometric mean Lower Upper 25th 50th 75th 90th Limit of Detection (LOD), wet-weight
PCB 066 PCB 66 ng/g lipid 77 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD <LOD 0.009 ng/mL
PCB 074 PCB 74 ng/g lipid 77 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD 1.1 0.008 ng/mL
PCB 099 PCB 99 ng/g lipid 77 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD 2.23 0.014 ng/mL
PCB 101 PCB 101 ng/g lipid 77 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD 2.63 0.016 ng/mL
PCB 105 PCB 105 ng/g lipid 77 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD <LOD 0.010 ng/mL
PCB 118 PCB 118 ng/g lipid 77 * * * <LOD <LOD 2.02 2.97 0.014 ng/mL
PCB 138 PCB 138 ng/g lipid 77 1.94 1.69 2.22 1.29 1.90 2.63 4.15 0.006 ng/mL
PCB 153 PCB 153 ng/g lipid 77 2.98 2.57 3.46 1.95 3.02 4.29 6.59 0.011 ng/mL
PCB 156 PCB 156 ng/g lipid 77 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD 0.89 0.005 ng/mL
PCB 170 PCB 170 ng/g lipid 77 * * * <LOD 0.65 0.92 1.7 0.005 ng/mL
PCB 180 PCB 180 ng/g lipid 77 1.97 1.67 2.31 1.27 1.79 2.90 4.91 0.007 ng/mL
PCB 183 PCB 183 ng/g lipid 77 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD <LOD 0.012 ng/mL
PCB 187 PCB 187 ng/g lipid 77 * * * <LOD <LOD 1.2 1.7 0.009 ng/mL
PCB 194 PCB 194 ng/g lipid 77 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD 1.0 0.007 ng/mL
PCB 203 PCB 203 ng/g lipid 77 * * * <LOD <LOD 0.88 1.4 0.007 ng/mL

Project: Measuring Analytes in Maternal Archived Samples (MAMAS)

Pregnant woman standing, hands holding her belly, in an outdoor setting
95% Confidence Interval Selected Percentiles
Chemical measured Indicates exposure to Units Number of people tested Geometric mean Lower Upper 25th 50th 75th 90th Detection frequency Limit of Detection (LOD), wet-weight
PCB 066 PCB 66 ng/g lipid 58 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD <LOD 0% 0.008 ng/mL
PCB 074 PCB 74 ng/g lipid 58 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD 0.992 15.5% 0.004 ng/mL
PCB 099 PCB 99 ng/g lipid 58 * * * <LOD <LOD 1.14 1.69 27.6% 0.007 ng/mL
PCB 101 PCB 101 ng/g lipid 58 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD <LOD 0% 0.011 ng/mL
PCB 105 PCB 105 ng/g lipid 58 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD <LOD 0% 0.011 ng/mL
PCB 118 PCB 118 ng/g lipid 58 1.42 1.25 1.62 <LOD 1.54 2.08 2.59 69% 0.007 ng/mL
PCB 138 PCB 138 ng/g lipid 58 2.34 1.99 2.74 <LOD 2.37 3.43 5.47 67.2% 0.011 ng/mL
PCB 153 PCB 153 ng/g lipid 58 3.16 2.59 3.85 2.05 3.01 5.20 8.05 91.4% 0.007 ng/mL
PCB 156 PCB 156 ng/g lipid 58 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD <LOD 3.4% 0.011 ng/mL
PCB 170 PCB 170 ng/g lipid 58 * * * <LOD 1.64 2.50 2.96 63.8% 0.007 ng/mL
PCB 180 PCB 180 ng/g lipid 58 2.94 2.44 3.54 2.00 2.98 4.93 7.09 82.8% 0.009 ng/mL
PCB 183 PCB 183 ng/g lipid 58 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD <LOD 6.9% 0.011 ng/mL
PCB 187 PCB 187 ng/g lipid 58 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD 2.27 13.8% 0.011 ng/mL
PCB 194 PCB 194 ng/g lipid 58 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD <LOD 8.6% 0.011 ng/mL
PCB 203 PCB 203 ng/g lipid 58 * * * <LOD <LOD <LOD 1.55 10.3% 0.010 ng/mL

Footnotes

*Geometric mean was not calculated because the chemical was found in less than 65% of the study group