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Stool and gas shadows and points of increased density on abdominal x-ray of girl treated with folk medicine containing lead

Abdominal x-ray showing stool and gas shadows as well as points of increased density in an 8-year-old girl who had been treated with a red-colored folk medicine obtained from a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner (Shenzhen, Guangdong, China). Analysis showed the lead concentration of the "medicine" to be 22.3%. (Source: Ying XL, Markowitz M, Yan CH. Folk prescription for treating rhinitis as a rare cause of childhood lead poisoning: a case series. BMC Pediatr 2018;18[1]:219. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License,

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