Comparison of mercury levels in maternal blood, fetal cord blood, and placental tissues.

@article{Kuhnert1981ComparisonOM,
  title={Comparison of mercury levels in maternal blood, fetal cord blood, and placental tissues.},
  author={Paul M. Kuhnert and Betty R. Kuhnert and Penny Erhard},
  journal={American journal of obstetrics and gynecology},
  year={1981},
  volume={139 2},
  pages={
          209-13
        }
}
Previous studies have reported that mercury accumulates in cord blood during pregnancy. This study was carried out to determine where in cord blood the mercury accumulates, i.e., in cord erythrocytes, in cord plasma, or in both, and to determine whether the predominant form of mercury which accumulates is methyl or inorganic mercury. From our data it is clear that methyl mercury accumulates in cord erythrocytes: A total of 30% more methyl mercury was found in fetal erythrocytes than in maternal… CONTINUE READING
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