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Lead Poisoning

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: October 2001
Last Revision Date: April 2002


Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is lead poisoning?

What causes lead poisoning?
Lead poisoning happens when children are exposed to too much lead by:

Who can get lead poisoning?
Anyone can get lead poisoning but some children are at greater risk:

Is my child at risk?

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What are the effects of lead poisoning?
Most children do not show signs of poisoning. Symptoms may include:

Is lead poisoning contagious?

How is lead poisoning treated?

How can lead poisoning be prevented?

When should I call the doctor?

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