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Signs of Lead poisoning

Symptoms of Lead poisoning

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Lead poisoning may include:

Note that Lead poisoning symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Lead poisoning signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Lead poisoning:

If not detected early, children with lead in their bodies can suffer from:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system

  • Behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity)

  • Slowed growth

  • Hearing problems

  • Headaches

Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults can suffer from:

  • Difficulties during pregnancy

  • Other reproductive problems (in both men and women)

  • High blood pressure

  • Digestive problems

  • Nerve disorders

  • Memory and concentration problems

  • Muscle and joint pain

Too much lead in the body can seriously injure the brain, nervous system, red blood cells, and kidneys.

Higher levels of lead in the body can cause mental retardation, fits (convulsions), falling out (unconsciousness, coma), and even death. In years past, that kind of effect was called lead poisoning. Exposures high enough to cause coma and death are very uncommon today, but they havenít disappeared. (Source: excerpt from Lead Exposure: NWHIC)

More Symptoms of Lead poisoning:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Lead poisoning article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

These general reference articles may be related to medical signs and symptoms of disease in general:

What are the signs of Lead poisoning?

The phrase "signs of Lead poisoning" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Lead poisoning that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Lead poisoning" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Lead poisoning.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Lead poisoning. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Lead poisoning has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Lead poisoning signs or Lead poisoning symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Lead poisoning may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Lead poisoning symptoms.


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