What Are the Symptoms of Lead Metal Poisoning?

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Symptoms of lead metal poisoning in adults include abdominal pain, constipation, joint pain and headaches, according to Mayo Clinic. Symptoms of lead poisoning in children include irritability, loss of appetite, vomiting and fatigue.

Lead metal poisoning symptoms vary and may affect various parts of the body, explains Healthline. The symptoms often appear after significant exposure to the metal, notes Mayo Clinic.

Lead metal exposure in the womb may cause learning difficulties and developmental delays in children, reports Mayo Clinic. Symptoms of mental impairment in children due to lead metal poisoning are low intelligence quotient, hearing problems, slow growth and behavior problems. The child may have short- and long-term learning difficulties, and he may earn poor grades in school.

Symptoms of lead metal poisoning in adults include memory loss, tingling sensations in the extremities, declining metal function and mood disorders, notes Mayo Clinic. Men may experience a lower sperm count, while pregnant women may give birth prematurely or have miscarriages.

Symptoms of lead toxicity include vomiting, stumbling when walking and muscle weakness, according to Healthline. Patients may experience encephalopathy, which causes confusion and may result in seizures and coma. These are emergency symptoms, and patients who experience them should call 911.