What do high lead levels in blood indicate? - Online Doctor Chats
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hi doc XXXXXXX
I need your advice on increase in lead levels in blood
my father has been diagnosed for the same
and his levels are around 55
May I know why his lead level were tested?
May I know his age and what type of occupation was he involved in?
u there doc
Dr. XXXXXXX here
his age is 72
and his work involves electroplating
Since when did he develop this numbness?
majorly involving acids
recently in past one or two months he started complaining about it
Let me brief you.
Frankly my expertise on lead toxicity is outdated. Since lead toxicity is not very common, I haven't seen many cases to give you a valuable opinion. However it is evident that your father is displaying neurological symptoms of lead toxicity.
The treating doctor should evaluate his liver, renal and other organ functions to see if there are lead toxic effects.
If there are none, the condition could be treated with chelating agents.
vitamin C, iron, calcium and zinc supplements are part of treatment. These supplements absorb excess lead from the body to prevent organ damages.
one more thing
In more severe cases, we use drugs called chelating agents to nullify toxic lead into non toxic forms.
are there any particular test for this condition?
because the consulting doctor has called for the test and also precautioned that he might need to be hospitalised if his body reacts in some other fashoin
so a bit worried
It would be very difficult to figure out how and when he got the high levels. Perhaps it could be from his work.
The doctor should monitor his closely
it would be from his work eniroment
as he is whole day in chemicals
and if he develops other signs of systemic organ involvement, the will need to subject him to tests such as X-rays, liver function, renal function and so on.
that is fine and understood
Basically the need for further testing and the type of test is going be individualized based on how he progressess.
At this point, I would suggest you to write about your concern on Ask A Doctor
perhaps there could be other doctors who have had experiences dealing with lead toxicity and can give you a better updated information.
I might not be able to give you more information on this regards.
will surely do that
Hope you understand.
Thanks for consulting m.e
have a great day
Wish you the same.
Bye for now.
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