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Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 1989;6(2):29-38.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12701/yujm.1989.6.2.29    Published online December 31, 1989.
Clinical evaluation on 5 cases of lead Poisoning.
Jung Mi Lee, Hyung Woo Lee, Myung Soo Hyun, Moon Kwan Chung, Bong Sup Shim, Hyun Woo Lee
Abstract
5 cases of lead poisoning were investigated clinically. Of the 5 patients, 4 were male and 1 was female. The causes of lead poisoning in 3 cases were ingestion of herb drug pills and in 2 cases were occupational poisoning. Chief complain at admission in 4 cases were ill defined colicky abdominal pain and constipation. Only 1 case complained of dizziness and palpitation without gastrointestinal symptom. On peripheral blood, normocytic normochromic anemia (mean Hgb 9.2 gm/dl), reticulocytosis (mean 4.7%) and basophilic stippling were found in 100% of patients. Bone marrow aspiration was done in 4 cases. Erythroid hyperplasia and basophilic stippling were found in all 4 cases. Mean M:E ratio was 0.7:1. The lead concentration in serum was increased in 4 cases (80%) of patients. Lead concentration, delta aminolevulinic acid concentration in 24 hours collected urine were increased in 5 patients (100%).


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