Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Plumbism Underlying Cause

Causes of lead poisoning include:

  • Ingestion of old paint:
    • Paint made prior to 1978 contains lead.
  • Exposure to the dust from old paint
  • Occupational exposure to lead:
    • Industrial
    • Furniture refinishing
    • Plumbing
    • Stained glass work

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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