No difference in iron status between children with low and moderate lead exposure

J Pediatr. 1999 Jul;135(1):108-10. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(99)70338-0.

Abstract

We compared the iron status between children 11 to 33 months old with confirmed blood lead levels of 20 to 44 microg/dL and demographically similar children with blood lead levels of <10 microg/dL. There were no differences. Laboratory investigation or empirical treatment for iron deficiency is not justified on the basis of moderately elevated blood lead levels alone.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • African Continental Ancestry Group
  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency / epidemiology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Deficiency Diseases / epidemiology
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Iron / deficiency*
  • Iron Metabolism Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Lead
  • Lead Poisoning / epidemiology*
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • United States / epidemiology

Substances

  • Lead
  • Iron