Pediatric lead poisoning from folk prescription for treating epilepsy

Xiao lan Ying, Jian Xu, Morri Markowitz, Chong huai Yan

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Background A case of lead poisoning resulting from the ingestion of a folk remedy for treating epilepsy is reported. Results The initial blood lead concentration of this 6-y-old boy was 63.6 μg/dl upon admission. He presented with abdominal pain, constipation, and irritability. The patient's liver function tests were significantly increased. Through chelation therapy, the blood lead concentration dropped markedly and clinical symptoms greatly improved. His blood and urine samples were collected for the kinetic analysis of lead elimination. Conclusions Folk prescriptions for epilepsy should be considered as potential sources of lead intoxication. Lead poisoning should be taken into consideration for unknown causes of abdominal pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-134
Number of pages5
JournalClinica Chimica Acta
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • Chelation therapy
  • Children
  • Epilepsy
  • Folk remedy
  • Lead poisoning
  • Liver failure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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