Chewing electric wire coatings: An unusual source of lead poisoning

G. Franco, D. Cottica, C. Minoia

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This report describes a case of lead poisoning occurring in an electrician as the result of an unusual personal habit, namely, the chewing of lead- containing coatings of electric wires. A coating chewing test showed that a few minutes after beginning chewing, saliva lead concentration increased from 10 μg/l to several milligrams per liter. This case is an example of poisoning caused by an occupationally related source (coatings containing lead) as a consequence of a singular and unconventional workers' habit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-296
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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