September 1990

Six Children With Lead Poisoning

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse.

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(9):1039-1044. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150330099031

• Although most commonly seen in children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, all children are at risk for lead poisoning. Management is a potential problem for all primary care providers. Because few individuals in the primary care practice of pediatrics have many patients with lead poisoning, it may be difficult to understand the nuances of management. We describe six patients, each of whom reflects different aspects of lead poisoning in children, and discuss the lessons we have learned in the course of their treatment. We have found that graphic representation of the blood lead and erythrocyte protoporphyrin values is helpful in the longitudinal follow-up of these youngsters.

(AJDC. 1990;144:1039-1044)