Placental Fluorosis: Fluoride and Preeclampsia

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New research and diverse evidence implicate fluoride and fluorosis in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia, the dangerous pregnancy complication caused by the abnormal placenta.

Eclampsia, a convulsive disorder of pregnancy, was described by ancient civilizations of China, Egypt, and India. Late in the 19th century, it was recognized that eclampsia was preceded by new onset hypertension during the second half of pregnancy, hence the term preeclampsia.1 Increasing since 1980, preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy affect about 5% to 8% of all births in the US.