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Organ mercury levels in infants with omphaloceles treated with organic mercurial antiseptic.
  1. D G Fagan,
  2. J S Pritchard,
  3. T W Clarkson,
  4. M R Greenwood

    Abstract

    Samples of fresh and fixed tissues from infants with exomphalos treated by thiomersal application were analysed for mercury content. The results showed that thiomersal can induce blood and organ levels of organic mercury which are well in excess of the minimum toxic level in adults and fetuses. The analysis of fresh and fixed tissues must be carefully controlled against normal tissues in order to interpret mercury levels accurately.

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