Lead Toxicity

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  • Lead Toxicity

Etiology

  • Chronic lead ingestion - which is usually unintentional

Risk Factors

  • Pica - consumption of lead containing soil, paint (related to OCD, iron deficiency, other)
  • Working with/around/stripping lead based paints
  • Folks or herbal remedies; Aryuvedic medicine
  • Food stored in lead lined containers
  • Lead bullets (retained fragments, chronic inhalation @ firing range)
  • Work: using lead based glazes, welding/cutting lead paint covered materials, glassblowing w/leaded glass, other

Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Colicky abdominal pain that's otherwise unexplained
  • Fatigue from anemia
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Confusion and cognitive problems, which can become permanent
  • Altered sense of tasted
  • Peripheral motor and sensory neuropathy

Physical Exam Findings

  • Sometimes confusion
  • Sometimes peripheral motor neuropathy
  • Sometimes pallor (anemia)
  • Sometimes bluish discoloration at gingival margin (called a "lead line")

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