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Occupational exposure to mercury from amalgams during pregnancy
  1. G Guzzi1,
  2. P D Pigatto2
  1. 1
    Italian Association for Metals and Biocompatibility Research – AIRMEB, Milan, Italy
  2. 2
    Institute of Dermatological Sciences, IRCCS Maggiore Hospital, Mangiagalli and R Elena Foundation, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
  1. Dr G Guzzi, Italian Association for Metals and Biocompatibility Research – AIRMEB, Via F Sforza, 15, 20122 Milan, Italy; gianpaolo_guzzi{at}

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In their investigation of chemical exposure in dental personnel, Lindbohm et al1 conclude by saying that there is a weak association between exposure to chemical agents and an increased frequency of spontaneous abortion. Based on their data, the authors propose in the Policy implications section that “In general, there is no need to restrict work in dental clinics during pregnancy”. We would like to express our concerns about their statement before these results reach public health policy.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.