Appendectomy due to lead poisoning: A case-report

Mohammadi, S. and Mehrparvar, A.H. and Aghilinejad, M. (2008) Appendectomy due to lead poisoning: A case-report. Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, 3 (1).

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Background. Lead poisoning is a common occupational health hazard in developing countries and many misdiagnoses and malpractices may occur due to unawareness of lead poisoning symptoms. Case presentation. We report a case of occupational lead poisoning in an adult battery worker with abdominal colic who initially underwent appendectomy with removal of normal appendix. Later on he was diagnosed with lead poisoning and was treated appropriately with lead chelator (CaNa2EDTA). Conclusion. Lead poisoning is frequently overlooked as the differential diagnosis of acute abdomen which may result in unnecessary surgery. Appropriate occupational history taking is helpful in making a correct diagnosis. Occupational lead poisoning is a preventable disorder and a serious challenge for the health and labor authorities in developing countries. © 2008 Mohammadi et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Subjects: WI Digestive System
QU Biochemistry. Cell Biology and Genetics
QZ Pathology
Depositing User: Arezoo Ghasemi siani
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2020 04:52
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 04:52

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