Severe congenital lead poisoning in a preterm infant due to a herbal remedy

Med J Aust. 2002 Aug 19;177(4):193-5. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04731.x.


A preterm infant born to a woman with chronic lead poisoning was found to have the highest blood lead level recorded for a surviving neonate. Parenteral calcium disodium edetate, but not oral succimer, was effective in reducing the infant's lead burden in the neonatal period. An exposure assessment revealed the mother's long-term ingestion of lead-contaminated herbal tablets as the source.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Australia
  • Chelation Therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature*
  • Lead / analysis
  • Lead Poisoning / blood
  • Lead Poisoning / drug therapy
  • Lead Poisoning / etiology*
  • Maternal-Fetal Exchange*
  • Mercury / analysis
  • Plant Preparations / adverse effects*
  • Plant Preparations / analysis
  • Pregnancy
  • Public Health


  • Plant Preparations
  • Lead
  • Mercury