Pica and elevated blood lead level in autistic and atypical children.

  title={Pica and elevated blood lead level in autistic and atypical children.},
  author={Donald J. Cohen and William Thomas Johnson and B K Caparulo},
  journal={American journal of diseases of children},
  volume={130 1},
Children with severely atypical development often display pica, habitual mouthing, and odd food preferences as symptoms from the first year of life. Such children can ingest dangerous amounts of lead even in environments that are usually considered safe. Mean blood lead concentration was notably higher in 18 autistic children than in 16 nonautistic psychotic children or in ten normal siblings. Fifteen (44%) of the psychotic children (autistic and nonautistic) had blood lead levels greater than… CONTINUE READING
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