Absorption of Lead

  • Lead goes down iron or calcium absorption pathway in GIT.

  • Children absorb lead well orally (~50%) cf adults poorly (~10%). Children also have more hand to mouth activity.

  • Lead absorption is enhanced if diet is poor in iron or calcium.

  • Pica is one of the worst risk factors.

  • Lead can be inhaled.

  • Tetraethyl lead can be absorbed via skin.

More Comprehensive list of Health Effects

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