Physicians may not readily diagnose acute lead intoxication because it has become increasingly uncommon and may not be encountered during clinical training. Clinicians should consider lead poisoning in the differential diagnosis of acute abdominal pain. Unofficial reports of radiologic studies should always be confirmed by checking the official report from the radiologist. If acute lead poisoning is suspected, the BLL should be measured as an emergency test rather than a routine test. BLLs can often be reported within 24 hours. Timely diagnosis followed by appropriate chelation therapy offers the best chance at reducing morbidity and mortality from acute lead intoxication.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health