Sep 29, 2016
Heavy metal poisoning is increasingly rare in the US, but in patients with multi-organ dysfunction and unclear exposure history, you should be suspicious. In this episode of BrainWaves, we discuss the most common metals associated with central and peripheral nerve dysfunction, the symptoms they produce, imaging features, and treatment. BrainWaves podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used to guide medical decision making in routine clinical practice. Any cases discussed in this episode are fictional and do not contain any patient health identifying information. This episode was vetted and approved by Francis DeRoos. REFERENCES 1. Staff NP and Windebank AJ. Peripheral neuropathy due to vitamin deficiency, toxins, and medications. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2014;20:1293-306. 2. Cao Y, Skaug MA, Andersen O and Aaseth J. Chelation therapy in intoxications with mercury, lead and copper. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2015;31:188-92. 3. Sun TW, Xu QY, Zhang XJ, Wu Q, Liu ZS, Kan QC, Sun CY and Wang L. Management of thallium poisoning in patients with delayed hospital admission. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2012;50:65-9.