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What are the steps to diagnosing lead poisoning?


Let's say a patient presents with fatigue, headaches, gout, aggression, memory loss, sleep disturbance, tremor, slow nerve conduction, and ED. After running a CBC and finding microcytic anemia and leukocytosis, how probable is it that a doctor would say "definetly lead poisoning" BEFORE looking at the urine and finsing sediment, or doing a renal biopsy? People actually in the medical field please help me out? I'm reseaching for my short story and I like to be accurate.
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So, the first thing I would do if I saw symptoms consistent with lead exposure is take a very good history - for example: how old is the patient's house (does he have lead based paint on the walls)? What is his water source - i.e. does he have lead contamination in the water/soil? What kind of work does he do - is there occupational exposure? If those questions indicated a possible exposure, then I would order some lab tests - CBC to look for microcytic, hypochromic anemia. A peripheral smear of the blood may show basophilic stippling, (helpful but not limited just to lead poisoning). Based on your symptoms, it sounds like the patient would have had long term exposure to lead, so you could get a blood lead level. Also, in September the FDA approved a new test called the LeadCare II Blood Lead Test System - its done on a sample of venous blood, and results are back in a few minutes.

I don't think a renal biopsy or urine examination is necessary for the diagnosis, BUT I am not an expert on the kidney.

Sounds like an interesting story - good luck!  (+ info)

How can i get rid of food poisoning?


This is my first time having food poisoning. I got it from Panda Express. What are some ways to get rid of it? PLEASE HELP!
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You are just going to have to vomit and poop it out. That's why you are vomiting and pooping---your body is trying to rid itself of the bad food. When you can keep some fluids down, make sure it's Gatorade. You'll need to get re-hydrated again.

But if you have a high fever with abdominal pain, you need to see your doctor----that's not food poisoning.  (+ info)

Do you think I could get Salmonella poisoning by eating this chicken sandwich?


It is a chicken sandwich with just cheese, lettuce, and mayonaise. It sat out in its package on the counter for 15 hours now. I am hungry - Can I eat this thing without having to worry about getting Salmonella poisoning?
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if the packet was sealed then i'd go for it....and cook it well...
other wise dump it!  (+ info)

What are the top causes of food poisoning?


Would serving oysters that have been buried in earth for 24 hours previous to cooking prove fatal or just a nasty bout of sickness? What are the top causes of food poisoning?

My mother in law is coming to stay in a couple of weeks.
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hmmm... I'm suspicious that you will use this information for evil...  (+ info)

What are some of the best ways to cure food poisoning?


My little brother is 11 years old, and he got what we suspect to be food poisoning. It's been going on for 5 days now, he can't eat anything because it makes him throw up, and he hasn't been going to the bathroom for a number 2 in a while, but when he vomits, all that comes up is stomach acid. Do you know of any ways to help him get better? And is this actually food poisoning? We believe it was caused by eating Maple Leaf bologna. Maple Leaf has just recalled more products due to another chance of listeria.
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info here:

http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/how-to-cure-food-poisoning.html  (+ info)

What are the chances of getting mercury poisoning from eating tuna fish?


I've heard you should only have tuna once or twice a week because you can get mercury poisoning from it.

If this is true why isn't it more talked about? Why isn't there a warning label on the can?

How much tuna can I eat safely?
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Tuna is a big fish so it contains more ppm of mercury than smaller fish. Once or twice a week should be OK.

Shark is sold in fish shops as flake and that contains the highest ppm of mercury of any fish and should be avoided.

Sword fish, king mackerel and tilefish are other fish that should be avoided.  (+ info)

How long does food poisoning take to have an effect?


I ate a burger and fries at a good burger place and about half an hour later I was running to the bathroom. I did not throw up, just diarrhea. How could that happen so fast? Isn't there like a mile of intestines that food has to travel through? Is that even considered food poisoning or just a reaction to grease or bacteria? Real food poisoning takes as much as 24 hours and makes you sick for at least a day right? Real answers only please.
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Food poisoning is caused by bacterial contamination of food and usually related to toxins these bad bacteria produce. Symptoms often arise within 12-24 hours of ingestion of contaminated food but can be sooner (within hours if the toxin is present in large enough concentration) or be delayed for over a day. However, if you rarely eat greasy foods, you can get diarrhea fairly quickly. You should be fine in about a day-make sure you drink plenty of fluids so you don't get dehydrated.  (+ info)

What percent of people are immune to cyanide poisoning?


What percent of people are immune to cyanide poisoning? Please post a link to your source if you know it! Thanks!
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Im assuming NONE, because i searched for "immune to cyanide" for about 5 minutes with NO results at all... and.. Ive never in my life heard of someone surviving unharmed after being poisoned with cyanide  (+ info)

What is the best way to treat/cure food poisoning?


Ate under-cooked chicken today. Thinks he might have food poisoning. Stomach hurts but not bad enough to go to the emergency room. What home remedies/over-the-counter medicines do you recommend?
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Cola syrup, crackers, Chicken soup, Water  (+ info)

How long after eating can food poisoning symptoms start?


I ate Sushi for lunch, after about an hour, and still now (about two hours since eating) I'm getting waves of nausea that come and go every 10-20 minutes that last about a minute or two, plus a sort of constant sick feeling or a mild stomach and lower stomach pain and cramping (Not sure if this is what a stomach cramp feels like). I've never had a problem with sushi before but this could have been left out too long or something, but now I'm sitting at work and wondering if it's going to get worse...

My question is how long after eating can food poisoning symptoms start? It was only an hour until I started feeling a bit cruddy and within an additional half hour, I started getting the above symptoms. Could food poisoning come on that fast? (I might want to call the cafeteria staff and let them know that there might be a problem with they're sushi today or something).

Any help (preferably with sources for something like this...) would be great, thanks a lot guys.
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Each person is different in their reactions and timing. Hope this helps you.

Food poisoning is a general term that refers to gastrointestinal illnesses (usually diarrhea and/or vomiting) caused by food that is contaminated with bacteria, parasites, viruses, or toxic substances. The actual cause of most individual episodes of food poisoning, however, never is pursued (e.g., a culture is not done) since most episodes are mild or moderate in severity and are over in a few hours to a few days. In fact, the diagnosis of food poisoning usually is made only presumptively, based on the patient's symptoms and the circumstances. Even in outbreaks of suspected food poisoning that involve many people, when careful studies are done, a specific cause is found no more than half of the time.

Bacteria are the cause of most outbreaks of food poisoning for which a specific cause is determined. Bacteria cause food poisoning in three ways. After reaching the intestines, they may multiply and produce toxic substances that enter the intestine and cause diarrhea and/or vomiting without damaging the intestine itself. The bacteria also may multiply within the intestines and produce toxic substances that damage the lining of the intestine or they may invade and damage the intestine directly. Finally, some bacteria produce toxic substances that cause diarrhea and/or vomiting in the food before it is eaten. These bacteria do not need to multiply within the intestines, and the toxic substances they produce do not damage the intestine.

To know with certainty that a bacterium is causing food poisoning, the bacterium must be cultured, usually from stool and rarely from vomitus. If the food suspected of causing the poisoning still is available, the food can be cultured. Identification of the causative bacterium may require a determination of the bacterial subtype since not all bacteria of one type, e.g., E. coli, cause illness. In some cases, the bacteria isolated from the culture may be tested to see if they produce toxic substances. In food poisoning caused by toxic substances formed by bacteria in food before the food is ingested, e.g., staphylococcal food poisoning, the toxic substance can be sought in the food, stool, or vomitus. The identification of toxic substances, however, is complex and is not done by most bacteriology laboratories.  (+ info)

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