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Heavy Metal Poisoning

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Heavy Metal Toxicity

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Aluminum Poisoning
  • Antimony Poisoning
  • Arsenic Poisoning
  • Cadmium Poisoning
  • Chromium Poisoning
  • Cobalt Poisoning
  • Copper Poisoning
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Lithium Poisoning
  • Manganese Poisoning
  • Mercury Poisoning
  • Silver Poisoning
  • Zinc Poisoning
  • Barium Poisoning
  • Bismuth Poisoning
  • Gold Poisoning
  • Iron Poisoning
  • Selenium Poisoning
  • Phosphorous Poisoning
  • Platinum Poisoning
  • Tin Poisoning
  • Nickel Poisoning
  • Thallium Poisoning

General Discussion

Heavy metal poisoning is the accumulation of heavy metals, in toxic amounts, in the soft tissues of the body. Symptoms and physical findings associated with heavy metal poisoning vary according to the metal accumulated. Many of the heavy metals, such as zinc, copper, chromium, iron and manganese, are essential to body function in very small amounts. But, if these metals accumulate in the body in concentrations sufficient to cause poisoning, then serious damage may occur. The heavy metals most commonly associated with poisoning of humans are lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. Heavy metal poisoning may occur as a result of industrial exposure, air or water pollution, foods, medicines, improperly coated food containers, or the ingestion of lead-based paints.

Resources

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Consumer Nutrition and Health Information
10903 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
Tel: (301)575-0156
Tel: (888)463-6332
Internet: http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ConsumerInformation/default.htm

Human Ecology Action League, Inc. (HEAL)
P.O. Box 509
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Tel: (770)389-4519
Fax: (770)389-4520
Email: HEALNatnl @aol.com
Internet: http://www.healnatl.org/index.php

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
395 E Street, S.W. Suite 9200
Patriots Plaza Building
Washington, DC 20201
Tel: (513)533-8328
Fax: (513)533-8347
Tel: (800)232-4636
TDD: (888)232-6348
Email: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/

National Safety Council/Environmental Health Center
1121 Spring Lake Dr.
Itasca, IL 60143-3201
Tel: (630)285-1121
Fax: (630)285-1315
Tel: (800)621-7615
Email: customerservice@nsc.org
Internet: http://www.nsc.org/Pages/Home.aspx

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

Center for Health, Environment and Justice
P.O. Box 6806
Falls Church, VA 22040-6806
Tel: (703)237-2249
Fax: (703)237-8389
Email: info@chej.org
Internet: http://www.chej.org

For a Complete Report

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

Last Updated:  3/28/2008
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