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Acute lead poisoning in an infant.
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PMID:  22400095     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A case of acute lead poisoning in an infant without overt clinical manifestations of encephalopathy is reported for the first time in Oman. The case was diagnosed at Rustaq Hospital on the basis of (i) history by the mother of giving the child a traditional remedy for treating constipation (ii) X-ray of abdomen showing radio-opaque speckles and (iii) detection of high blood lead levels (83.3 µg/dL) at the toxicology laboratory of the poison control centre. The source of lead was confirmed by high content of inorganic lead (20.2%) found in the sample of the traditional remedy (bint al dahab). The blood lead levels significantly decreased, after the intravenous calcium edetate (EDTA) therapy was given to the baby. The case highlights that early detection and treatment of acute lead poisoning in children can prevent morbidity and sequelae associated with encephalopathy. It also indicated the need for awareness and prevention programme for parents on this issue.
M Madhusudhanan; S B Lall
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Oman medical journal     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1999-768X     ISO Abbreviation:  Oman Med J     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-03-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101526350     Medline TA:  Oman Med J     Country:  Oman    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  57-9     Citation Subset:  -    
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