Clinical symptoms and management of chronic poisoning of Heavy metals – Lead: Lead is the commonest metal involved in chronic poisoning. It was one of the first metals known to man and has been widely used during the last two thousand years for domestic, industrial, and therapeutic purposes. Lead is abundant in soil, being distributed throughout the earth’s crust. Ingestion of lead foreign bodies typically occurs in young children. The usual problems of ingestion of a foreign body, such as obstruction or perforation of the oesophagus or bronchi, have to be considered.
This topic describes: Toxicity levels, Mechanism, Clinical (Toxic) Symptoms, Investigations/Diagnosis and Management of chronic poisoning of Heavy metals – Lead.