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South Med J. 1988 Sep;81(9):1132-9.

Hematologic effects of heavy metal poisoning.

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  • 1Medical Service, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, Columbia, Mo.


Heavy metal poisoning can cause a variety of hematologic disorders. Exposure to heavy metals is ubiquitous in the industrial environment and must be considered in the differential diagnosis of many types of anemia. The heavy metals most commonly associated with hematologic toxicity are arsenic and its derivative arsine, copper, gold, lead, and zinc. A few distinctive clinical features characterize the hematologic manifestations of many occult heavy metal poisonings. These features have a limited differential diagnosis. A knowledge of these clinical features can assist the astute clinician in making the correct diagnosis.

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