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What do high lead levels in blood indicate? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 25-Mar-2014
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User:good afternnon doc
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:hi doc XXXXXXX
User:I need your advice on increase in lead levels in blood
User:my father has been diagnosed for the same
User:and his levels are around 55
Doctor:May I know why his lead level were tested?
User:because he has complained of have numbness in his feet
User:and sole
Doctor:May I know his age and what type of occupation was he involved in?
User:u there doc
Doctor:Dr. XXXXXXX here
User:his age is 72
User:and his work involves electroplating
Doctor:Since when did he develop this numbness?
User:majorly involving acids
User:recently in past one or two months he started complaining about it
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:Frankly my expertise on lead toxicity is outdated.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.
Doctor:The treating doctor should evaluate his liver, renal and other organ functions to see if there are lead toxic effects.
Doctor:If there are none, the condition could be treated with chelating agents.
User:like Vitamin C iron and calcium you mean
Doctor:vitamin C, iron, calcium and zinc supplements are part of treatment. These supplements absorb excess lead from the body to prevent organ damages.
User:one more thing
Doctor:In more severe cases, we use drugs called chelating agents to nullify toxic lead into non toxic forms.
User:are there any particular test for this condition?
User: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
User:so a bit worried
Doctor:It would be very difficult to figure out how and when he got the high levels. Perhaps it could be from his work.
Doctor:The doctor should monitor his closely
User:it would be from his work eniroment
User:as he is whole day in chemicals
Doctor: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.
User:that is fine and understood
Doctor:Basically the need for further testing and the type of test is going be individualized based on how he progressess.
Doctor:At this point, I would suggest you to write about your concern on Ask A Doctor
Doctor:perhaps there could be other doctors who have had experiences dealing with lead toxicity and can give you a better updated information.
User:thanks doc
Doctor:I might not be able to give you more information on this regards.
User:will surely do that
Doctor:Hope you understand.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting m.e
User:thats ok
User:have a great day
Doctor:Wish you the same.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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