Platinum Uses in Medicine

Platinum is widely used in health care. Sources include:

  • Cytostatic medications such as Cisplatin and Carboplatin
  • Catheters
  • Cardiac implants. Coronary stents, heart valve splices, and pacemaker components are all made with platinum
  • Neuromodulation devices

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Platinum-containing cytostatic medications like Cisplatin are applied intravenously. The active substance spreads throughout the body and also crosses the blood-brain barrier. It accumulates especially in the kidneys, liver, intestines and testicles. The cytostatic agent and its metabolic products are excreted mainly in the urine, and to a small extent with bile, i.e. with the stool.

Data from Micro Trace Minerals suggests that hair reflects on past exposure to platinum-containing cytostatica.

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