Lead poisoning

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Lead poisoning

Synonyms: Lead intoxication | Plumbism | Saturnism

Lead poisoning is defined as acute or chronic exposure to lead resulting in lead accumulation (blood lead concentration (BLC) >5 ug/dL) that can affect every organ system in the body and to which children are more susceptible. Clinical manifestations depend on the amount and duration of exposure and include abdominal pain colic constipation lead line on gingival tissue arthralgia myalgia peripheral neuropathy fatigue irritability anemia chronic nephropathy and hypertension. In children even low levels of exposure (BLC <5 ug/dL) is reported to lead to irreversible effects such as loss of cognition shortening of attention span alteration of behavior dyslexia attention deficit disorder hypertension renal impairment immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs.

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Orphadata: Free access data from Orphanet. © INSERM 1999. Available on http: //www.orphadata.org. Data version September 2023.

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