Research Highlights: Plastic Found in Human Placenta

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  • Microplastics are small particles which came from the degradation of plastic objects present in the environment.
  • Microplastics can travel from the environment to living organisms including humans.
  • Italian researchers analyzed six human placentas to evaluate the presence of microplastics.
  • Twelve microplastic fragments ranging from 5 to 10 micrometers were found in 4 placentas.
  • Five microplastics were found in the fetal side.
  • Four microplastics were found in the maternal side.
  • Three microplastics were found in the chorioamniotic membranes.
  • Chorioamniotic membranes are the amnion and the chorion, which make up the amniotic sac that surrounds and protects the fetus.
  • All of the microplastics were pigmented.
  • Three were identified as stained polypropylene, a widely used thermoplastic polymer.
  • The other nine could not be specifically identified but partial data suggest origins include man-made coatings, paints, adhesives, plasters, finger paints, cosmetics and personal care products.


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