Lead Poisoning

  • Etiology: overdose of lead
  • Imaging: dense metaphyseal bands, suture separation due to lead encephalopathy (brain edema), dense ingested lead containing objects in GI tract
  • Clinical: abdominal distension + pica

Radiology Cases of Lead Poisoning

Radiograph of lead poisoning
AXR AP (left) shows a marked amount of constipation with punctate radioopaque objects throughout the colon, most clearly seen in the magnified AP view of the rectum (center). AP radiograph of the wrist (right) shows a dense line in the metaphysis of the radius.