Lead poisoning in children: a case report

  • Zineb Jouhadi
  • Dalal Bensabbahia
  • Fouad Chafiq
  • Bouchra Oukkache
  • Nisrine Bennani Guebessi
  • El Abidi Abdellah
  • Jilali Najib

Abstract

Lead colic is a rare cause of abdominal pain. The diagnosis of lead poisoning is most often mentioned in at risk populations (children, psychotic). We report the case of a 2 year old child that was presented for acute abdomen. Abdominal plain radiograph showed multiple intra-colonic metallic particles and suggested lead poisoning diagnosis. Anamnesis found a notion of pica and consumption of peeling paint. Elevated blood lead levels (BLL) confirmed the diagnosis. The lead poisoning is a public health problem especially in children, but its manifestation by a lead colic is rare and could simulate an acute abdomen table.

The Pan African Medical Journal 2016;24

Author Biographies

Zineb Jouhadi
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Children’s Hospital, Casablanca, Morocco
Dalal Bensabbahia
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Children’s Hospital, Casablanca, Morocco
Fouad Chafiq
Poison Control Center and Pharmaco-vigilance, Rabat, Morocco
Bouchra Oukkache
Hematology Laboratory, Casablanca, Morocco
Nisrine Bennani Guebessi
Department of Pathology, Casablanca, Morocco
El Abidi Abdellah
Department of Toxicology, National Institute of Hygiene, Rabat, Medical school, university Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Jilali Najib
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Children’s Hospital, Casablanca, Morocco
Published
2016-10-04
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 1937-8688