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    Heavy Metal Poisoning

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    • Heavy Metal Toxicity

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • Aluminum Poisoning
    • Antimony Poisoning
    • Arsenic Poisoning
    • Cadmium Poisoning
    • Chromium Poisoning
    • Cobalt Poisoning
    • Copper Poisoning
    • Lead Poisoning
    • Lithium Poisoning
    • Manganese Poisoning
    • Mercury Poisoning
    • Silver Poisoning
    • Zinc Poisoning
    • Barium Poisoning
    • Bismuth Poisoning
    • Gold Poisoning
    • Iron Poisoning
    • Selenium Poisoning
    • Phosphorous Poisoning
    • Platinum Poisoning
    • Tin Poisoning
    • Nickel Poisoning
    • Thallium Poisoning

    General Discussion

    Heavy metal poisoning is the accumulation of heavy metals, in toxic amounts, in the soft tissues of the body. Symptoms and physical findings associated with heavy metal poisoning vary according to the metal accumulated. Many of the heavy metals, such as zinc, copper, chromium, iron and manganese, are essential to body function in very small amounts. But, if these metals accumulate in the body in concentrations sufficient to cause poisoning, then serious damage may occur. The heavy metals most commonly associated with poisoning of humans are lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. Heavy metal poisoning may occur as a result of industrial exposure, air or water pollution, foods, medicines, improperly coated food containers, or the ingestion of lead-based paints.


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    Last Updated: 3/28/2008
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    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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