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Heavy metal poisoning


Other Names for this Disease
  • Chronic heavy metal poisoning
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity
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Overview


Heavy metal poisoning refers to an overexposure to lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, chromium or other high density or metallic element that causes irritation or damage to the body. Heavy metals can be found naturally in the environment, in homes, or at the work place. Sudden severe exposures as well as moderate exposures over time can cause toxicity. Depending on the exposure, metals can increase cancer risk, impair production of red and white blood cells, and affect physical and mental health.[1]
Last updated: 2/8/2013

References

  1. Lab Tests Online . Heavy Metals . American Association for Clinical Chemistry . March 14, 2009; http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/heavy-metals/tab/test. Accessed 2/8/2013.
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