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Medical Term:

lead encephalopathy


Definition: a metabolic encephalopathy, caused by the ingestion of lead compounds and seen particularly in early childhood; it is characterized pathologically by extensive cerebral edema, status spongiosus, neurocytolysis, and some reactive inflammation; clinical manifestations include convulsions, delirium, and hallucinations.

Synonym(s): lead encephalitis, saturnine encephalopathy

See Also: lead poisoning

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