One of the most challenging obstetric problems is intrauterine fetal growth retardation (IUGR). However, the majority of cases are idiopathic Environmental toxins are claimed to play a causative role. This study explores the possible role of some heavy metals and aflatoxins. Apoptosis as a mechanism by which these chemicals might influence fetal growth was evaluated .The results are alarming. There is a need for global action.
Mona A.H. El-Baz. MD. Assistant professor, Medical Biochemistry, Assiut University, Egypt.Since1999, She is devoted to study the effects of environmental chemicals on human reproduction from fertilization to postnatal life. Currently, PI project: Effects of prenatal pesticide exposure on fetal outcome.