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Asia Pac J Public Health. 2013 Jul;25(4 Suppl):72S-9S. doi: 10.1177/1010539513496267.

Effect of synthetic pyrethroid pesticide exposure during pregnancy on the growth and development of infants.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, The Ninety-first Central Hospital of PLA, Jiaozuo, Henan Province, China. xuezhanyou@126.com


Antenatal urine of 497 pregnant women was collected in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics of a county hospital in Jiaozuo, Henan. The content of the main metabolites of synthetic pyrethroid pesticides in urine were determined. After 1 year, physical development indices of 1-year old infants, such as height, weight, and head and chest circumference, were measured. The neural and mental development of the infants was assessed by the Development Screen Test (DST) scale. We observed that the level of synthetic pyrethroid pesticide exposure was negatively related to the neural and mental development of infants (β = -0.1527, P < 0.05). Therefore, direct or indirect exposure to synthetic pyrethroid pesticides should be avoided during pregnancy.


growth and development; infants; neural development; pregnancy; synthetic pyrethroid pesticide

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