American Lead Poisoning Help Association, Inc.

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What do the numbers mean?

 

Lead does not occur naturally in a human body.  There is no safe level of lead.  Often children have no visible symptoms, however, visible symptoms can mimic other childhood illnesses and include anemia, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, headaches, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, irritability, hyperactivity, and aggression.  In every instance, the source of lead should be discovered and removed.

 

Class

Blood lead concentration (µg/dl)

Comment

I

<= 5

Re-screen in 1 year.  No additional action necessary unless exposure sources change.

IIA

5 - 14

Your child is lead poisoned.  Nutritional and educational interventions and more
frequent screening are required. 

IIB

15 - 19

Nutritional and educational interventions and more frequent screening are required.
An environmental investigation and intervention should be done.

III

20 - 44

Pharmacological treatment of lead poisoning may be required.  Your child should
receive an environmental evaluation and remediation, and a medical evaluation. 

IV

45 - 69

Your child will need both medical and environmental interventions, including chelation therapy.

V

>= 70

This is a medical emergency. Medical and environmental management must
begin immediately
.  Levels over 70 can cause convulsions, coma, and death.