PLUMBISM, NEUROLOGIC, ADULT
\plˈʌmbɪzəm], \plˈʌmbɪzəm], \p_l_ˈʌ_m_b_ɪ_z_ə_m]\
Definitions of PLUMBISM, NEUROLOGIC, ADULT
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Neurologic conditions in adults associated with acute or chronic exposure to lead or any of its salts. The most common lead related neurologic syndrome in adults consists of a polyneuropathy involving motor fibers. This tends to affect distal nerves and may present as wrist drop due to RADIAL NEUROPATHY. Additional features of chronic lead exposure include ANEMIA; CONSTIPATION; colicky abdominal pain; a bluish lead line of the gums; interstitial nephritis (NEPHRITIS, INTERSTITIAL); and saturnine gout. An encephalopathy may rarely occur. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p1212)
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