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lead poisoning




Disease caused by excessive lead levels in tissues and blood. It may be taken in through the industrial use of lead, through air pollution due to lead-containing fuels or, in children, through eating old paint. Brain disturbance with coma and convulsions, peripheral neuritis, amnesia, and abdominal colic are important effects. Chelating agents (see chelate) are used in treatment but preventative measures are essential.


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