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The study of the relation between maternal occupational exposure to solvents and birth defects should include oxygenated solvents
  1. Ronan Garlantézec1,2,
  2. Cécile Chevrier1,
  3. Sylvaine Cordier1
  1. 1Epidemiological Research on Environment, Reproduction and Development, INSERM 1085 IRSET, Rennes, France
  2. 2Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health (EHESP), Rennes, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ronan Garlantézec, Epidemiological Research on Environment, Reproduction and Development, INSERM 1085 IRSET, University of Rennes I, Batiment 13, Campus de Beaulieu, Rennes F-35042, France; ronan.garlantezec{at}ehesp.fr

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We read with interest the report by Desrosiers et al 1 on the association between maternal occupational exposure to organic solvents and some birth defects. Their case–control study examined occupational exposure to three classes of solvents (chlorinated, aromatic and Stoddard) and found one association—between neural tube defects (mainly spinal bifida) and maternal occupational exposure to chlorinated solvents, but no association with the …

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