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Mercury exposure of mothers and newborns in Surinam: a pilot study.
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PMID:  15822761     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To study mercury levels in hair from mothers and newborns in Surinam. METHODS: Hair and urine was collected from thirty-nine mothers of different ethnicity and hair from their newborns. The women delivered in a large hospital in the capital. Mercury analysis was performed. RESULTS: Fourteen (36%) of the mothers had elevated Hg concentrations in the hair as compared with a reference US population. Thirty-one newborns (80%) presented with a higher mercury level in hair than their mothers. A positive correlation existed between the hair levels of the mothers and their newborns. Urine Hg concentrations were not elevated. CONCLUSION: Mercury accumulates during pregnancy in the unborn. Further study is needed to elucidate the background and consequences of this finding.
Satish Mohan; Marco Tiller; Gijsbert van der Voet; Humphrey Kanhai
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical toxicology (Philadelphia, Pa.)     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1556-3650     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Toxicol (Phila)     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-04-12     Completed Date:  2005-05-05     Revised Date:  2009-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101241654     Medline TA:  Clin Toxicol (Phila)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  101-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lands Hospital, Paramaribo, Surinam.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Monitoring
Environmental Pollutants / analysis*,  urine
Hair / chemistry,  metabolism
Infant, Newborn / metabolism*,  urine
Labor, Obstetric
Maternal Exposure*
Mercury / analysis*,  urine
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Environmental Pollutants; 7439-97-6/Mercury

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