Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in maternal and umbilical cord blood from pregnant Hispanic women living in Brownsville, Texas

Ken Sexton, Jennifer J. Salinas, Thomas J. McDonald, Rose M.Z. Gowen, Rebecca P. Miller, Joseph B. McCormick, Susan P. Fisher-Hoch

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Venous blood was drawn from 35 pregnant Hispanic women living in Brownsville, Texas, and matched cord blood was collected at birth. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry was used to measure concentrations of 55 individual PAHs or groups of PAHs. Results indicate that these women and their fetuses were regularly exposed to multiple PAHs at comparatively low concentrations, with levels in cord blood generally exceeding levels in paired maternal blood. While the possibility of related adverse effects on the fetus is uncertain, these exposures in combination with socioeconomically-disadvantaged and environmentally-challenging living conditions raise legitimate public health concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3365-3379
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 17 2011



  • Biomarkers
  • Fetal exposure
  • Maternal exposure
  • PAHs
  • Prenatal exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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