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June 1979

Adenoviral Meningoencephalitis in a Patient With Lead Toxicity

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics (Dr Kelsey) and Neurology (Dr McLean), Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(6):384-385. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500420094016

• Adenovirus type 12 was recovered from the CSF of a 36-year-old woman with adenoviral meningoencephalitis and lead toxicity. The serum level of lead was 199 μg/dl and the CSF level was 7 μg/dl. After therapy with edetate disodium calcium (Calcium Disodium Versenate), she had an uneventful recovery. The possibility of exacerbation of lead poisoning with encephalopathy due to adenovirus type 12 meningoencephalitis is raised.