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Critical for Lead

Do other labs have established critical levels for blood lead concentrations? Most respondents do, but the values they use vary. Based on CDC guidelines for when patients will require hospitalization and chelation therapy, one lab uses >= 45 ug/dL for children and >= 70 ug/dL for adults. Other critical values in use include: >45 ug/dL for all ages; >25 ug/dL for all ages with >30 ug/dL triggering a call to the county; and >35 ug/dL for children.


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