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The Pediatric Forum
May 1998

Aluminum Toxicity

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998;152(5):511-512. doi:10.1001/archpedi.152.5.511

Recently attention has been drawn to aluminum toxicity in infants. Bishop et al1 have reported aluminum toxicity as a complication of hyperalimentation in preterm infants. Encephalopathy in children has occurred secondary to aluminum toxicity from dialysis.2 Increased concentrations of aluminum in the brain of a parenterally fed premature infant have been demonstrated3 and high tissue aluminum concentrations after death have been reported.4,5 Aluminum neurotoxicity has been reported in neonates with uremia who were fed a cow's milk–based formula.6 Heparin and colloids can also be contaminated with aluminum.7,8