Journal Article

Blood Lead Levels in Children with Neurological Disorders

Ashok Kumar, P.K. Dey, P.N. Singla, R.S. Ambasht and S.K. Upadhyay

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 44, issue 6, pages 320-322
Published in print December 1998 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online December 1998 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/44.6.320
Blood Lead Levels in Children with Neurological Disorders

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Blood lead levels were measured by atomic absorption spectrometry in 82 children suffering from various neurological disorders (cerebral palsy 42, seizure disorders 35, acute encephalopathy of unknown origin 5) and in 28 healthy children, aged 1 to 12 years. Mean blood lead levels were 11.96 ± 10.97/μg/dl in control children and 19.30 ± 17.65/μg/dl in children with neurological disorders. A significant number of control children as well as those who had neurological disorders were found to have blood lead concentrations of ≥lO/μg/dl and ≥20μg/dl, the cut-off limits for lead poisoning and medical evaluation, respectively. Blood lead levels were, statistically, elevated in children with cerebral palsy compared to controls. Children with pica behaviour exhibited higher blood lead concentrations

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