Lead Encephalopathy

Lead encephalopathy is a condition in which the brain swells from exposure to extremely high levels of lead. The swelling increases pressure within the skull (cerebral edema), which can cause seizures, intellectual disability, paralysis, blindness, coma, and death.

Current as of: July 26, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology