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Unusual Domestic Source of Lead Poisoning

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Department of Cardiac Thoracic Vascular Sciences and Public Health, University of Padova, 35128 Padova, Italy
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Department of Occupational Medicine, University of Rome Tor Vergata, 00133 Rome, Italy
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EMG Unit, Data Medica Group, CEMES, 35128 Padova, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(12), 4374; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124374
Received: 19 May 2020 / Revised: 16 June 2020 / Accepted: 17 June 2020 / Published: 18 June 2020
Non-occupational lead poisoning is not rare, mainly occurring in domestic situations in children, but also in adults. Lead poisoning was observed in a 65 years-old woman non-exposed to risk that caught our attention with a diagnostic suspicion of acute intermittent porphyria according to recurrent episodes of abdominal pain and neuropathy of upper limbs. Acute intermittent porphyria was excluded by a laboratory investigation that showed instead severe lead poisoning. After several thorough examinations of the domestic environment, the source of intoxication has been detected in some cooking pots that released high concentrations of lead. Ethylenediamine tetracetic acid disodium calcium therapy (three cycles) reduced consistently blood lead concentration and, after one year, neuropathy was almost entirely recovered. View Full-Text
Keywords: lead poisoning; lead migration; lead treatment; lead source; neurotoxicity lead poisoning; lead migration; lead treatment; lead source; neurotoxicity
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Nicolli, A.; Mina, G.G.; De Nuzzo, D.; Bortoletti, I.; Gambalunga, A.; Martinelli, A.; Pasqualato, F.; Cacciavillani, M.; Carrieri, M.; Trevisan, A. Unusual Domestic Source of Lead Poisoning. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4374. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124374

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Nicolli A, Mina GG, De Nuzzo D, Bortoletti I, Gambalunga A, Martinelli A, Pasqualato F, Cacciavillani M, Carrieri M, Trevisan A. Unusual Domestic Source of Lead Poisoning. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(12):4374. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124374

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Nicolli, Annamaria, Grazia G. Mina, Davide De Nuzzo, Isabella Bortoletti, Alberto Gambalunga, Andrea Martinelli, Fabiola Pasqualato, Mario Cacciavillani, Mariella Carrieri, and Andrea Trevisan. 2020. "Unusual Domestic Source of Lead Poisoning" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 12: 4374. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124374

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