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Teratogen update: inorganic arsenic.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11514947     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Inorganic arsenic has been used by many laboratories to study the pathogenesis of exencephaly in rodents. These studies, which used predominantly injection exposures, coupled with the paucity of epidemiology data, resulted in the erroneous inference that inorganic arsenic should be considered a human teratogen. METHODS: This study assembles and assesses literature analyses of older human and animal investigations together with the results of new experimental studies. These recent studies were performed according to modern regulatory guidelines, and relevant exposure routes (inhalation and ingestion) were used to evaluate the potential risk of developmental effects in humans. RESULTS: The existing epidemiological data are inadequate to support risk assessment because of the failure to confirm or measure arsenic exposure during early gestation and the deficiencies in accounting for potential confounding factors. The animal data revealed that inorganic arsenic caused malformations in offspring only when it was injected into the veins or peritoneal cavity of pregnant animals during early gestation. Exposure via inhalation or oral ingestion, even at concentrations that were nearly fatal to pregnant females, caused no arsenic-related malformations. CONCLUSIONS: Inorganic arsenic poses virtually no danger to developing offspring when maternal exposure occurs by relevant routes (oral and inhalation) at concentrations that are likely to be experienced in the environment or in the workplace.
J M DeSesso
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Teratology     Volume:  64     ISSN:  0040-3709     ISO Abbreviation:  Teratology     Publication Date:  2001 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-08-21     Completed Date:  2001-11-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0153257     Medline TA:  Teratology     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  170-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Biomedical Research Institute, Mitretek Systems, McLean, Virginia 22102, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Arsenic / adverse effects*
Arsenic Poisoning / epidemiology*
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Teratogens; 7440-38-2/Arsenic

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