Lead encephalopathy: CT and MR findings

J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2002 May-Jun;26(3):479-81. doi: 10.1097/00004728-200205000-00029.


Lead is toxic to many organ systems, among them bone marrow, muscles, kidneys, endocrine glands, joints, and nervous system. Encephalopathy is a rare but severe complication of lead poisoning. Lead toxicity is much less common in adults. Adult lead poisoning results primarily from exposure by inhalation in the workplace. In this report, two cases of adult toxic encephalopathy due to lead poisoning are presented with CT and MR findings.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dominance, Cerebral / physiology
  • Humans
  • Lead Poisoning, Nervous System, Adult / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*