The Serum Lead level in Patients With Retained Lead Pellets.

Moazeni, M. and Mohammad Alibeigi, F. and Sayadi, M. and Poorya Mofrad, E. and Kheiri, S. and Darvishi, M. (2014) The Serum Lead level in Patients With Retained Lead Pellets. Archives of trauma research, 3 (2). e18950. ISSN 2251-953X

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Abstract

BACKGROUND Patients, who survived from shotgun injuries, often have some retained lead pellets in their bodies. Several cases of lead toxicity have been reported regarding these patients. OBJECTIVES This study seeks to compare the serum lead level in patients who have retained lead pellets in their bodies with the control group. PATIENTS AND METHODS In this case-control study, we gathered the serum lead levels of 25 patients with some retained lead pellets in their bodies due to shotgun and 25 volunteers without similar lead exposure and compared them in view of the age, gender, and living place. RESULTS While the mean serum lead level in both groups was lower than the standard level (i.e. 40 µg/dL) , the mean ± SD of serum lead level were 29 ± 12.8 µg/dL and 25.3 ± 6.4 µg/dL in the case and control groups, respectively without any significant difference (P = 0. 30) . However, a positive relationship was seen between serum lead level, and the number of retained lead pellets (r = 0.447, P = 0. 025) . CONCLUSIONS Although extensive surgery to remove the lead pellets is not recommended in patients injured with shotguns, those with many retained lead pellets in their bodies should be considered at risk for lead poisoning and monitored carefully.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Serum; Toxicity; Shotguns
Subjects: QU Biochemistry
QV pharmacology > QV 600 Toxicology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine > Department of Clinical Sciences > Department of Anesthesiology
Faculty of Medicine > Department of Clinical Sciences > Department of Surgery
Reserach Vice-Chancellar Department > Social Determinants of Health Research Center
Depositing User: zahra bagheri .
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2017 07:26
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2017 07:26
URI: http://eprints.skums.ac.ir/id/eprint/2439

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