Clinical and lab signs of chronic lead poisoning in patients with retained bullet or shrapnel fragments

Habibi roudsari, Farid and Mehrtash, Bahram and Kazemifar, Amir Mohammad and Oveisi, Sonia (2015) Clinical and lab signs of chronic lead poisoning in patients with retained bullet or shrapnel fragments. Masters thesis, medicine college.

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Abstract Background: Retained bullet or shrapnel fragments are suggested as a possible cause of lead poisoning. The present study was designed to assess the problem among injured victims of Iran-Iraq war (1981-1988). Materials and Methods: the present study is a historical cohort. 30 injured victims of Iran-Iraq war (1981-1988) were randomly selected after obtaining informed consent. They were assessed for symptoms and signs and lab finding of lead toxicity included blood lead level, compared to controls. Findings: 31 persons in the case group and 29 persons in the control group were assessed. The mean blood lead level was 10.73±4.73 and 10.01±5.82 microgram per deciliters in case and control group, respectively (p-value=0.533). The mean serum MCV, creatinine and FBS levels had statistically significant differences between the groups. The other variables had not statistically significant difference between the case and control groups. Conclusion: results of the present study was demonstrated that individuals with retained shrapnel or bullet fragments have higher but not statistically significant level of lead in their blood compared to control. However, no clinical or lab findings of lead poisoning were found in them.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: lead; chronic poisoning; retained shrapnel fragments; Iran-Iraq war
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: University Portal > Hospitals > hosbooali
Depositing User: Medicine School Students
Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 09:10
Last Modified: 22 May 2017 09:10
URI: http://eprints.qums.ac.ir/id/eprint/174

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