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Title: Lead poisoning associated with illicit opium use.
Austin Authors: Wong, Joshua;Bourke, Elyssia M;Roberts, Vanessa;Lim, Seok M;Johnson, Douglas;Hamblin, Peter S;Karunajeewa, Harin;Greene, Shaun L 
Affiliation: Department of General Medicine, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Endocrinology and Diabetes Unit, Western Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne - Western Precinct, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
General Medicine Unit, Western Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Austin Toxicology Service, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Feb-2020
Publication information: Internal Medicine Journal 2020; 50(2): 239-242
Abstract: Lead poisoning is an uncommon and challenging diagnosis to make. In 2018, The Victorian Department of Health issued a health warning following four cases of lead poisoning associated with illicit opium use in Melbourne, Australia. We present these cases to highlight clinical features and the relevant investigations leading to diagnosis. All cases occurred in recent immigrants to Australia, who had access to non-traditional sources of opioids. Health care professionals should consider lead poisoning in patients with appropriate symptoms and a history of illicit opium use.
DOI: 10.1111/imj.14729
ORCID: 0000-0002-9824-8746
Journal: Internal Medicine Journal
PubMed URL: 32037702
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Australia
lead poisoning
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