Lead poisoning: Basics and new developments

Latha Chandran, Rosa Cataldo

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• Based on strong research evidence, no measurable BLL is considered safe. • Because neurotoxicity associated with lower BLLs has been established by overwhelmingly consistent evidence from meta-analysis of several cohort studies, primary prevention of lead exposure is of paramount importance. • Lead exerts its effects on multiple body systems (some evidence), with the developing brain being particularly vulnerable (strong evidence). • No current evidence shows that pharmacotherapy in patients who have high BLLs reverses lead neurotoxicity. Targeted at-risk screening and early intervention for elevated BLLs, as currently recommended by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, should be conducted by every primary care practitioner to minimize the deleterious effects of lead in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-406
Number of pages8
JournalPediatrics in Review
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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