Diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of lead poisoning in general population

Herman Sunil D'souza, Sebestina Anita Dsouza, Geraldine Menezes, Thuppil Venkatesh

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Abstract

Among the heavy metals, lead still remains the major toxic pollutant of the environment. Human exposure to lead can occur through numerous pathways including air, food, dust, soil, and water. In the present study 14 lead poisoned patients with non-occupational lead exposure were evaluated. They were followed up and compared against the controls with no history of lead exposure. The patients had high blood lead levels and symptoms of weakness, dizziness, abdominal pain, generalized body ache, loss of appetite, and anxiety. Repeated course of chelation therapy helped to bring down their body burden of lead. Alternative sources for lead exposure can cause severe lead poisoning in general population. Screening and medical management of such individuals is very important to identify and eliminate sources of lead. The treatment and management requires a thorough medical evaluation and environmental intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-201
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Biochemistry

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