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Elemental Mercury Exposure in Early Pregnancy


Thorp, John M., Jr.; Boyette, D. D.; Watson, William J.; & Cefalo, Robert C. (1992). Elemental Mercury Exposure in Early Pregnancy. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 79(5 Pt. 2), 874-876.


We present a case of first-trimester elemental mercury exposure and review the literature to demonstrate that the reproductive toxicity of mercury varies depending on the form of mercury to which one is exposed. It appears that elemental mercury exposure poses less of a reproductive threat than the well-known hazards of exposure to organic mercurials. It is critical to determine the form of exposure when counseling patients at risk.

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Journal Article

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Obstetrics & Gynecology


Thorp, John M., Jr.
Boyette, D. D.
Watson, William J.
Cefalo, Robert C.