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Acta Medica Colombiana

versão impressa ISSN 0120-2448


CHARRIS, Vivian; GUERRERO, Agustín  e  BARRERA, Carlos. Lead poisoning secondary to retained bullet fragments. Acta Med Colomb [online]. 2011, vol.36, n.4, pp.200-203. ISSN 0120-2448.

Lead poisoning is difficult to diagnose in its early stages because its symptoms are nonspecific and are often attributed to other diseases. It is therefore very important to take a complete medical history that can lead to determine probable means of exposure to this metal, which continues to be widely used in our environment. It is crucial not to forget the main targets of lead toxicity, such as the kidney, the nervous system, and the blood. Diagnosis is confrmed by elevated blood lead levels and elevated zinc protoporphyrin levels. Treatment involves withdrawing the patient from the source of exposure and chelation therapy. (Acta Med Colomb 2011; 36: 200-203)

Palavras-chave : lead; saturnism.

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