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  QUESTION: Could lead poisoning cause Osteonecrosis? 06 Oct 2005, USA

Could you tell me if lead poisoning can cause Avascular Necrosis? I have been diagnosed with AN and the Drs. have no idea what caused it. I had lead poisoning about 10 yrs ago, as a result of dealing with petroleum products while in the US Army. So, could the lead poisoning cause Osteonecrosis?
Thank you,
Charles Amos
ANSWER: 07 Oct 2005

Hi Charles,

With regards to your answers about lead poisoning - I haven't found any "supporting evidence" to claim that lead poisoning causes Avascular Necrosis however I did find an article relating to Osteonecrosis.

Please keep in mind that this is only a medical journal and there still could be errors in the research. I would highly recommend you check with your G.P or a specialist about lead poisoning- as soon as possible.
Regards, Shahilla

Update 2010: Knee osteonecrosis due to lead poisoning: case report and review of the literature.

[Possible mechanisms of the development of osteopaties in patients with chronic lead poisoning]

also see Health Impacts of Lead Poisoning

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