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Letters Use of skin lightening creams

Dangers from mercury

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 01 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1327
  1. Kakoli Choudhury, specialist registrar1,
  2. Jill Morris,
  3. Henrietta Harrison,
  4. Eamonn O’Moore
  1. 1Thames Valley Health Protection Unit, UK
  1. k.choudhury{at}

In 2009 the Health Protection Agency was notified of two cases of nephrotic syndrome and one case of chronic back pain potentially associated with chronic mercury poisoning from the use of illegal skin lightening creams.1 These women, all of …

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