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Replacing mercury sphygmomanometer in paediatric clinical practice: is there a need for a consensus conference?
  1. A Attilakos,
  2. I Antoniadou
  1. Department of Social Paediatrics, Institute of Child Health, Agia Sophia Children’s Hospital, 11527 Athens, Greece;

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    The definition of normal blood pressure (BP) values in adults and children is based on mercury sphygmomanometry, and standard mercury readings are the main basis for BP-disease associations.1 Unfortunately, mercury has toxic effects on the environment and the mercury sphygmomanometer will have to be gradually replaced.2 However, there is a rearguard movement to retain mercury until some satisfactory substitute …

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