This study comprised 51 full-term newborn babies, as well as their low socioeconomic mothers. The cord serum lead levels of the born babies together with the maternal serum lead levels were determined.
The cord serum lead level ranged from zero to 257 mug/dl with a mean +/- standard error 34 +/- 8 mug/dl, while the maternal serum lead level ranged from zero to 429 mug/dl with a mean +/- standard error 84 +/- 13 mug/dl. A strong relation between maternal serum lead level and cord serum lead level was deduced. With zero level in maternal serum, the corresponding value of their babies was always zero while with level 1 - 99 mug/dl in mothers' serum 36% of babies showed detectable lead in their serum. With the increase of lead level in mothers' serum, a large percentage of babies showed high level in their serum. This study highlights the great danger the newborns were subjected to the high level of maternal serum lead that reflected exposure to lead environmental pollution represented a real danger to the health of their babies
A. M. Abdel Wahab ,
Serum lead: relation between maternal and cord levels,
Med. J. Cairo Univ. 1994;
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