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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.

Last Revised: June 5, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology

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