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Safety of alternative medicines reconsidered: lead-induced anaemia caused by an indian ayurvedic formulation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18386765     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report two cases of Belgian women diagnose with a lead poisoning. Both patients presented with abdominal pain and a normochromic normocytic anaemia. The diagnosis was based on the clinical symptoms, the anaemia, the basophilic stippling of erythrocytes and the elevated blood lead level Upon further questioning, both patients reported the use of Ayurvedic medications. Toxicological analysis of the different pills revealed that, in both, the same orange-red pills contained a remarkably high amount of lead. Cases of lead poisoning associated with the use ofAyurvedic formulations are emerging around the world. However, to our knowledge, these are the first reported cases in Belgium.
L Creemers; M Van den Driessche; M Moens; A Van Olmen; J Verschaeren; M T'Syen; K Desmet; J Moerman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta clinica Belgica     Volume:  63     ISSN:  1784-3286     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Clin Belg     Publication Date:    2008 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-04     Completed Date:  2008-05-07     Revised Date:  2014-03-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370306     Medline TA:  Acta Clin Belg     Country:  Belgium    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  42-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Lead Poisoning / diagnosis*,  etiology*,  therapy
Medicine, Ayurvedic*
Middle Aged

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