Lead poisoning from "do-it-yourself" heat guns for removing lead-based paint: Report of two cases

Alf Fischbein, Karl E. Anderson, Shigeru Sassa, Ruth Lilis, Steven Kon, Laszlo Sarkozi, Attallah Kappas

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The use of do-it-yourself heat guns by urban home owners for the removal of old paint from their buildings appears to be increasing. The hot air generated from these home tools is applied on the paint surface and can result in volatilization of lead in the paint being removed and in excessive lead exposure. Two cases of lead poisoning in individuals removing old lead-based paint in this manner are described. The regular occupations of both individuals were unrelated to environmental lead hazards. The recommendation is made that physicians should maintain a high index of suspicion of lead poisoning and other occupational diseases by taking a thorough environmental and occupational history including description of place of residence, hobbies, and part-time jobs, particularly when the patient presents nonspecific central nervous system and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-431
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • General Environmental Science


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