Lead neuropathy

Introduction
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By Michael T Pulley MD PhD

Dr. Michael Pulley, Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Florida, Jacksonville, reviews the clinical and laboratory manifestations of lead intoxication. This condition is extremely rare since the elimination of lead paints, and although commonly tested for in cases of motor neuron disease, has never been causally linked to that condition. Testing for lead is only needed in those who have potential exposure.

Key Points

  • Lead intoxication is extremely rare since the elimination of lead paints.
  • Although commonly tested for in cases of motor neuron disease, it has never been causally linked to that condition.
  • Testing for lead is only needed in those who have potential exposure.

In This Article

Introduction
Historical note and nomenclature
Clinical manifestations
Etiology
Pathogenesis and pathophysiology
Epidemiology
Prevention
Differential diagnosis
Diagnostic workup
Prognosis and complications
Management
Pregnancy
References cited
Contributors