Succimer chelation vs. removal from lead exposure in three symptomatic phone cable recycling workers: a case series [abstract] Abstract uri icon


  • 69μg/dL, and 82μg/dL). While the three

  • Conclusion: Blood lead readings returned to acceptable

  • Introduction: Despite the high profile of lead as an environmental and occupational toxin, lead poisoning remains an ongoing occupational health concern in adults. There remains much debate as to when clinicians should chelate adults with elevated blood lead levels. Method: In this case series, three workers developed lead poisoning at a small-scale phone cable recycling operation. Results: Presenting symptoms included headaches, abdominal pain, anorexia, and weight loss. All three had elevated blood lead levels (lead 72

  • asymptomatic and their blood lead levels were similar
    (32 μg/dL, 25μg/dL, 17 μg/dL). Discussion and

  • chelation therapy, two of these individuals refused chelation therapy. The worker

  • exposure alone appeared as effective as removal from

  • exposure coupled with succimer chelation.

  • levels by six months in both chelated and non-chelated

  • months from exposure, all three workers were

  • selecting chelation completed two courses of oral succimer (DMSA). At six

  • workers were removed from lead exposure and offered

  • workers. In this small case series, removal from lead

  • μg/dL,

publication date

  • 2009