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Severe lead poisoning in children: Causes and risk factors

(Elsevier Health Sciences) Although national and local policies have reduced the prevalence of lead poisoning in the United States, severe cases still occur. Whereas, exposures at blood lead levels (BLLs) as low as 5 ?g/dL have been associated with long-term irreversible cognitive deficits, more severe exposures at BLLs ?45 ?g/dL can result in organ damage and death. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers identified sources of exposure and assessed outcomes for children with severe lead poisoning.
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