UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Toxicology

Title: Lead in Children - Presentation

Keywords: lead (PubMed Search)

Posted: 10/10/2008 by Fermin Barrueto, MD (Updated: 2/24/2020)
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Clinical Manifestations in relation to lead level in children:

  • > 70 - 100 mcg/dL: Encephalopathy, increased ICP, anemia, vomiting
  • 50 - 70 mcg/dL: Irritable, difficult child, abdominal pain, anorexia
  • >10 mcg/dL: often asymptomatic, may develop impaired cognition, behavior, impaired fine-motor coordination, hearing and growth