Lead encephalopathy

Lead encephalopathy is a condition caused by extremely high levels of lead in the brain. Lead causes the brain to swell, increasing pressure within the skull (cerebral edema), which can cause seizures, mental retardation, paralysis, blindness, coma, and death.

Last Updated: June 26, 2008

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care, Medical Toxicology

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