Jering K, Aschner M, Beller A, Hamm EL, Langdon M, Maitre NL. Parenteral nutrition as an unexpected and preventable source of mercury exposure in preterm infants. The Journal of pediatrics. 2015 Jun;166(166). 1533-5. PMID: 25812777 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC4446175 NIHMSID: NIHMS675043.
Perinatal mercury exposure has neurodevelopmental consequences, which may be worse in preterm infants. In our cohort (N = 60), maternal and infant prenatal exposures were low, but infant levels increased during hospitalization and correlated only with duration of parenteral nutrition. A non-negligible exposure resulted from the nutrition preparation on equipment shared with adult preparations.