Lead Poisoning
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Lead Poisoning

Alison Dines Information Officers, National Poisons Information Service (London)
Grainne Cullen Information Officers, National Poisons Information Service (London)

Acute poisoning from lead ingestion is relatively rare, but chronic exposure can have significant morbidity. Alison Dines and Grainne Cullen discuss the clinical effects and management of lead poisoning

Although the general population may be exposed to lead from numerous environmental or occupational sources, acute lead poisoning, especially seen in the A&E setting, is rare. However, a case of unrecognised chronic exposure may present with serious acute symptoms and treatment can be complex and prolonged.

Emergency Nurse. 9, 4, 16-21. doi: 10.7748/en2001.

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