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Diagnosis of Lead poisoning

Diagnostic Test list for Lead poisoning:

The list of medical tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Lead poisoning includes:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Lead poisoning:

Lead Poisoning: NIEHS_1 (Excerpt)

The first thing you should do is have your physician or local health department determine the lead concentration in the blood of your children. The average background level, i.e., the level present in the persons who have known exposure to lead, is about 5 mcg/dl. Some people have slightly higher levels and some have slightly lower levels. By determining the levels in your child's blood, you can determine if your child is being exposed to higher levels of lead.

If the blood level is elevated above 10 mcg/dl, have the test repeated because these tests can easily be contaminated. If the second blood test is above 10 mcg/dl, the best thing you can do is to eliminate any further exposure to lead. Try to determine where and how your child is being exposed to lead. (Source: excerpt from Lead Poisoning: NIEHS_1)

Lead Exposure: NWHIC (Excerpt)

A simple blood test can detect high levels of lead.

Blood tests are important for:

  • Children who are 6 months to 1 year old (6 months if you live in an older building or home that might have lead in the paint).

  • Family members that you think might have high levels of lead.

If your child is older than 1 year, talk to your doctor about whether your child needs testing;.

Your doctor or health center can do blood tests. They are inexpensive and sometimes free. Your doctor will explain what the test results mean. Treatment can range from changes in your diet medication or a hospital stay. (Source: excerpt from Lead Exposure: NWHIC)

Lead Exposure: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Your home might have plumbing with lead or lead solder. Call your local health department or water supplier to find out about testing your water. You cannot see, smell, or taste lead, and boiling your water will not get rid of lead. If you think your plumbing might have lead in it: (Source: excerpt from Lead Exposure: NWHIC)


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