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Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1998 Apr 30;118(11):1698-701.

[Mercury and dental amalgam fillings].

[Article in Norwegian]

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Det odontologiske fakultet Universitetet i Bergen.


During 1993-95 a total of 169 patients (112 women, 57 men) with a wide range of complaints associated with earlier or present amalgam fillings were seen by the "Dental Biomaterials Adverse Reaction Unit" in Norway. Most patients had amalgam fillings; 19 had removed all amalgam, and 14 were in the process of replacing the amalgam fillings with other materials. Predominant symptoms were of a subjective and general nature (96% of the patients). Muscle and joint pain, headache, dizziness and feeling exhausted comprised the most common symptoms. Intra-oral pathology was observed in 48%. There was a correlation between the amount of amalgam ("amalgam score") and urinary mercury. Those without amalgam fillings and significantly lower values (median = 1.6 micrograms mercury/g creatinine) than those with amalgam fillings (medians: with amalgam = 3.5 micrograms/g; with partial removal of amalgam = 2.7 micrograms/g). Overall, in the present group of patients, no statistically significant correlation seemed to exist between the type and number of subjective symptoms or objective findings and the urinary mercury. This would indicate therefore that there is no straightforward association between urinary mercury and symptoms in the present group of patients.

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