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Indian J Clin Biochem. 2002 Jul;17(2):64-7. doi: 10.1007/BF02867973.

δ-ALA levels in serum and urine-A diagnostic tool for possible lead poisoning.

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Department of Biochemistry, Christian Medical College and Hospital, 141008 Ludhiana, Punjab India.


We present 2 cases of lead poisoning, the first of a child playing with painted toys and the second of an adult on local medicine. The former presented with acute abdomen and the latter with peripheral muscle weakness. We propose that raised serum δ-amino leavulinic acid (δ-ALA) levels strongly point towards the possibility of lead poisoning.


Acute abdomen; Acute/Chronic; Lead poisoning; δ-ALA

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