Hair methylmercury: A new indication for therapeutic monitoring

Katherine Schoeman, John R. Bend, Gideon Koren

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Maternal exposure to methylmercury can adversely affect fetal neurodevelopment. Long-term mercury exposure is best estimated by hair measurement of the metal. The authors analyzed the appropriateness of therapeutic monitoring of hair mercury in women of reproductive age using widely accepted criteria for therapeutic drug monitoring. The analysis reveals that such monitoring can help protect babies from long-term adverse effects, while ensuring appropriate maternal fish consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-293
Number of pages5
JournalTherapeutic Drug Monitoring
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Hair
  • Methylmercury
  • Pregnancy
  • Therapeutic monitoring


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