Arsenic in drinking water and pregnancy outcomes: An overview of the Hungarian findings (1985-2005)

P. Rudnai, Mihály Csanády, Mátyás Borsányi, Mihály Kádár

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Abstract

In 1981 a country-wide survey revealed that in South-East Hungary more than 400,000 people were exposed to high levels (> 50 μg/L) of arsenic in the drinking water supplied by certain deep wells. This chapter presents detailed data of three retrospective ecological epidemiological studies conducted between 1985 and 2005 on pregnancy outcomes in the affected area. These studies used district nurses' yearly reports based on the records of pregnancy care units and revealed significant associations between high arsenic levels of the supplied drinking water and the frequency of adverse pregnancy outcomes (stillbirth, perinatal mortality and, especially, spontaneous abortion). As the arsenic level was gradually lowered, the frequency of these adverse birth outcomes also decreased. Significantly increased risk for spontaneous abortions could be observed only in settlements supplied with drinking water containing arsenic above 20 μg/L.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArsenic: Sources, Environmental Impact, Toxicity and Human Health - A Medical Geology Perspective
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages173-180
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781620813201
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Arsenic
Pregnancy Outcome
Drinking Water
Spontaneous Abortion
Stillbirth
Hungary
Perinatal Mortality
Epidemiologic Studies
Nurses
Parturition
Pregnancy

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Rudnai, P., Csanády, M., Borsányi, M., & Kádár, M. (2013). Arsenic in drinking water and pregnancy outcomes: An overview of the Hungarian findings (1985-2005). In Arsenic: Sources, Environmental Impact, Toxicity and Human Health - A Medical Geology Perspective (pp. 173-180). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

Arsenic in drinking water and pregnancy outcomes : An overview of the Hungarian findings (1985-2005). / Rudnai, P.; Csanády, Mihály; Borsányi, Mátyás; Kádár, Mihály.

Arsenic: Sources, Environmental Impact, Toxicity and Human Health - A Medical Geology Perspective. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2013. p. 173-180.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Rudnai, P, Csanády, M, Borsányi, M & Kádár, M 2013, Arsenic in drinking water and pregnancy outcomes: An overview of the Hungarian findings (1985-2005). in Arsenic: Sources, Environmental Impact, Toxicity and Human Health - A Medical Geology Perspective. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 173-180.
Rudnai P, Csanády M, Borsányi M, Kádár M. Arsenic in drinking water and pregnancy outcomes: An overview of the Hungarian findings (1985-2005). In Arsenic: Sources, Environmental Impact, Toxicity and Human Health - A Medical Geology Perspective. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2013. p. 173-180
Rudnai, P. ; Csanády, Mihály ; Borsányi, Mátyás ; Kádár, Mihály. / Arsenic in drinking water and pregnancy outcomes : An overview of the Hungarian findings (1985-2005). Arsenic: Sources, Environmental Impact, Toxicity and Human Health - A Medical Geology Perspective. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2013. pp. 173-180
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