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Lead poisoning

Summary of Lead poisoning
Lead poisoning interferes with a variety of body processes and is toxic to many organs and tissues including the heart, bones, intestines, kidneys, and reproductive and nervous systems. Lead poisoning can also cause anemia. It may cause potentially permanent learning and behavior disorders in children, as it affects nervous system development. Symptoms include abdominal pain, confusion, headache, anemia, irritability, and in severe cases seizures, coma, and death. Classic case scenarios of lead poisoning involve children inside an old house with paint chips.



Hematological system


Heme synthesis disorders
Coagulation disorders
Platelet disorders
Mixed platelet and coagulation disorders
Thrombosis syndromes (hypercoagulability)
Leukemoid reaction
Dysplastic and proliferative disorders
Plasma cell dyscrasias
Hematological system pathology review

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High Yield Notes
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Lead poisoning

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USMLE® Step 1 style questions USMLE

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USMLE® Step 2 style questions USMLE

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A 2-year-old boy is brought to the pediatrician for a check up. The boy's mother states that he has been rather lethargic and weak for the past few months. Recently, his eyes have been tinged with yellow, and he has a mild fever. The patient has not traveled recently or had any sick contacts. His parents are vegetarian and so he eats mostly homegrown fruits and vegetables. On physical examination the patient appears underdeveloped for his age, pale, and confused. A peripheral blood smear shows schistocytes and basophilic stippling. Which of the following biochemical processes is the most likely cause of the patient's condition?

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