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J Pediatr. 1994 Mar;124(3):480-2.

Increased levels and positive correlation between erythropoietin and hemoglobin concentrations in newborn children of mothers who are smokers.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Patras Medical School, General University Hospital, Greece.

Abstract

The mean erythropoietin concentration in the cord blood of neonates whose mothers were smokers was greater than in neonates whose mothers were not smokers. There was a significant positive correlation between erythropoietin and hemoglobin concentrations. The findings suggest that approximately one of five fetuses who are exposed to tobacco smoke are in a state of chronic hypoxia.

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