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Article
May 1932

ENCEPHALOPATHY DUE TO CHRONIC PLUMBISM: REPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

NEW HAVEN, CONN.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1932;49(5):735-743. doi:10.1001/archinte.1932.00150120025003
Abstract

Since the monumental work of Aub and his co-workers1 on lead poisoning, all reports of cases seem dwarfed into insignificance. However, the following reasons justify the case herewith published:

  1. Good results were obtained from mobilization treatment.

  2. "Deleading" resulted in a syndrome similar to tetany on two occasions, in each of which intravenous administration of calcium was immediately and spectacularly effective.

  3. The case was not associated with hypertension.

REPORT OF A CASE 

History.  —L. H., aged 48, a plumber, complained of inability to coordinate, particularly in walking. His wife said that he was mentally confused and irritable. He had worked as a plumber many years and had handled considerable red lead. He had also been in many new houses where painting was being done, and had worked a good deal with boiling lead. Therefore, there was a possibility of poisoning from the gastro-intestinal tract, or by droplets and fumes from

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