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Lead Encephalopathy


Lead encephalopathy is a condition in which the brain swells from exposure to extremely high levels of lead. The swelling increases pressure within the skull (cerebral edema), which can cause seizures, intellectual disability, paralysis, blindness, coma, and death.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerR. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
Last RevisedJune 21, 2010

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