J. C. Crutcher, M.D. (Assoc.)
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Earlier work by this author suggested that "moonshine" may be a source of toxic amounts of lead, and the epidemiologic aspects of this observation have been published. The current report concerns the clinical manifestations, differential diagnosis, and result of therapy with calcium disodium edathamil in 40 patients with lead intoxication due to ingestion of illicitly manufactured whisky.
The gastrointestinal tract was the site of the majority of symptoms, which ranged from simple anorexia and nausea to severe obstipation, requiring surgical exploration for suspected colon obstruction. In other patients, the abdominal pain suggested acute surgical emergencies. Later experience has prevented this
Crutcher JC. Clinical Manifestations and Therapy of Acute Lead Intoxication Due to the Ingestion of Illicitly Distilled Alcohol.. Ann Intern Med. ;56:673–674. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-56-4-673_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1962;56(4):673-674.
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