Toxic Remedy: A Case of a 3-year-old Child with Lead Colic Treated with lead monoxide (Greta)

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This article reports the case of a 3-year-old male with an elevated blood lead level. The child had a history of consuming imported lead-contaminated candies resulting in abdominal pains for which he was given a Hispanic folk remedy, called greta, by his mother. The home remedy aggravated the child’s symptoms which prompted medical consultation. Analysis of the powdered folk remedy revealed a lead concentration of 140 000 ppm. This case highlights the complexities associated with identifying unfamiliar sources of lead poisoning, and their potential relationships to cultural practices.


Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Community-Based Research | Maternal and Child Health | Medicine and Health | Pediatrics | Toxicology


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