Chronic lead poisoning in an adult battery worker

G. Menezes, H. S. D'souza, T. Venkatesh

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Abstract

Background. Lead poisoning is a common environmental health hazard in developing countries. Incidences of lead poisoning are seen in all age groups, especially in adults working in lead-based industries, where many still remain unaware of the adverse effects of exposure to unusually high levels of lead. Methods. We report the case of an adult battery worker, who initially received symptomatic treatment because of clinical misdiagnosis. Later, he was treated with appropriate chelators, which helped to decrease blood lead levels drastically. However, being unable to change his occupation, he continues to be exposed to potentially lethal doses of lead. Conclusions. A key role for health agencies, besides providing opportunities for diagnosis and therapy, should be to increase public awareness about this widespread environmental hazard through education, documentation and communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-478
Number of pages3
JournalOccupational Medicine
Volume53
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10-2003

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Lead Poisoning
Environmental Health
Chelating Agents
Diagnostic Errors
Occupations
Documentation
Developing Countries
Industry
Age Groups
Communication
Education
Lead
Incidence
Health
Therapeutics

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Menezes, G. ; D'souza, H. S. ; Venkatesh, T. / Chronic lead poisoning in an adult battery worker. In: Occupational Medicine. 2003 ; Vol. 53, No. 7. pp. 476-478.
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