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Eating fish during pregnancy. Risk of exposure to toxic levels of methylmercury.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12449546     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
QUESTION: One of my pregnant patients consumes four cans of tuna a week. She became very concerned when she read that tuna contains methylmercury, which is toxic to the fetal brain. How should I advise her?
ANSWER: Fresh tuna might contain toxic levels of methylmercury, but levels are much lower in canned tuna. Reassure your patient that eating canned tuna will not harm her or her baby.
Yaron Yagev; Gideon Koren
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian family physician Médecin de famille canadien     Volume:  48     ISSN:  0008-350X     ISO Abbreviation:  Can Fam Physician     Publication Date:  2002 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-11-26     Completed Date:  2002-12-11     Revised Date:  2013-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0120300     Medline TA:  Can Fam Physician     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1619-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ont.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Exposure*
Food Contamination*
Food Preservation*
Methylmercury Compounds / adverse effects*
Pregnancy Complications*
Risk Assessment
Water Pollutants, Chemical / adverse effects*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Methylmercury Compounds; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical
Comment In:
Can Fam Physician. 2003 Feb;49:141-2; author reply 142   [PMID:  12619733 ]

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