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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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MOTTIER, Daniel M  and  CARGNEL, Elda. Abdominal pain as a presentation by lead poisoning: Case report. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2017, vol.115, n.2, pp.e96-e98. ISSN 0325-0075.

Acute lead poisoning is not a common pathology seen in the pediatrician's office. Lead poisoning symptoms can be digestive or neurological, and they can be confused with other pathologies. That is the reason why it should be considered and, in case of doubt, complementary studies to confirm lead poisoning should be requested. This is the case of a nine-year-old child that comes to the office with a strong abdominal pain and vomiting, and after a close physical examination and a detailed anamnesis, a suspicious diagnosis of "acute" lead poisoning is obtained. Therefore, the infant is hospitalized, and after taking a venous sampling to confirm the lead level, a chelation therapy is performed under the toxicology expert's supervision.

Keywords : Lead poisoning; Chelating agents; Pediatrics.

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