This page is designed to allow you to see some to the illnesses and symptoms that are associated with lead and mercury poisoning and the exposure to TCE's and PCE's.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should tell your doctor to look for possible heavy metal poisoning and not ignore that the symptoms may be the result of exposure.


Mercury problems in children

Developmental Problems
Autism, Asperger's syndrome, PDD-NOS, ADD

Neurological Problems
Decreased eye contact, Repeating certain actions over and over again
Not responding to their name,  Not looking at an object when pointed
Poor concentration or attention. Sensitivity to sensory stimulation

Speech Related Problems
Loss or delay of speech, Difficulty in understanding and articulating words,
Difficulty in memorizing

 Social Behavioral Problems
Irritability, Aggressive behavior, Night terrors, Insomnia, Mood swings

Auto-immune problems
Multiple sclerosis, Juvenile diabetes, Asthma, Chronic ear infections
Decreased immunity and Lupus.
The book went on to say that mercury wasn't the only cause of these symptoms but anyone having them should be checked for mercury poisoning.

Mercury Poisoning in Adults

Psychological Disturbances
Fits of anger, Short term memory loss, Low self-esteem, Insomnia,
Loss of self-control, Loss of ability to learn new things

 Oral Cavity Problems

 Inflammation of the mouth, Loss of bone around teeth, Ulcerated gums, Ulcers on other areas in the mouth, Darkening of gums, Metallic taste in mouth, Bleeding gums

Digestive Tract Problems
Cramps, Inflamed colon, Diarrhea, Cardiovascular Problems, Weak pulse, Blood pressure problems, Chest pain, Feeling of pressure in the chest

Respiratory problems,
Weakness, Problems with breathing, Emphysema, Persistent cough,


Lead poisoning symptoms in children

The signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children may include:

  • Developmental delay
  • Learning difficulties
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Sluggishness and fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Hearing loss

Lead poisoning symptoms in newborns

Babies who are exposed to lead before birth may experience:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Slowed growth

Lead poisoning symptoms in adults

Although children are primarily at risk, lead poisoning is also dangerous for adults. Signs and symptoms in adults may include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Joint pains
  • Muscle pain
  • Declines in mental functioning
  • Pain, numbness or tingling of the extremities
  • Headache
  • Memory loss
  • Mood disorders
  • Reduced sperm count, abnormal sperm
  • Miscarriage or premature birth in pregnant women

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Neurological Problems
Headaches, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Twitching eyelids, feet, hands etc.

 Auto-immune problems
Multiple sclerosis, Asthma, Decreased immunity and Lupus.

Reported health problems in people of all ages from drinking water contaminated with TCE and/or PCE include—
  • Non-Hodgkins lymphoma (1, 12)
  • Leukemia (1, 17)
  • Rectal cancer (14)
  • Bladder cancer (17)
  • Breast cancer (18)
  • Lung cancer (14)
  • Neurobehavioral performance deficits (i.e., delayed recall and deficits in visual perception), decreased blink reflex, and mood effects (i.e., confusion, depression and tension) (3


Reported health problems in children who were exposed in the womb from their mother drinking water contaminated with TCE and/or PCE include—
  • Leukemia (1-3)
  • Small for gestational age (4-6)
  • Low birth weight (6-8)
  • Fetal death (4, 7, 9)
  • Major heart defects (7, 10)
  • Neural tube defects (4, 7, 9)
  • Oral cleft defects (including cleft lip) (4, 7, 9)
  • Chonal atresia (nasal passages blocked with bone or tissue) (4, 9)
  • Eye defects (4, 9)

Reported health problems in children who were exposed in the womb from their mother working with TCE and/or PCE include—

  • Low birth weight (11)
  • Miscarriage (12, 13)
  • Major malformations (11)

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Reported health problems in people of all ages from working with TCE and/or PCE include—
  • Hodgkins disease (15)
  • Non-Hodgkins lymphoma (15)
  • Cervical cancer (15)
  • Esophageal cancer (15, 30, 31)
  • Impaired immune system function (35)
  • Kidney cancer (15)
  • Liver/biliary cancer (15)
  • Ovarian cancer (15)
  • Parkinson’s disease (36)
  • Prostate cancer (15)
  • End-stage renal disease (29)
  • Neurological effects (delayed reaction times problems with short-term memory, visual perception, attention, and color vision) (13)
  • Severe, generalized hypersensitivity skin disorder (an autoimmune-related disease) (32)
  • Scleroderma (32)

Reported health problems in people of all ages from working with benzene include—

  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (19, 20)
  • Leukemias  (21, 22)
  • Multiple myeloma (23)
  • Aplastic anemia (24)
  • Miscarriage (24)

Reported health problems in people of all ages from working with VC include—

  • Liver cancer (25, 26)
  • Soft tissue sarcoma (26)
  • Brain cancer (26)
  • Lung cancer (27)
  • Liver cirrhosis (28)