LEAD Clinic

The LEAD (Lead Exposure and Detoxification) Clinic provides screening diagnosis and treatment for children who may be suffering from lead poisoning. Read More...



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The LEAD (Lead Exposure and Detoxification) Clinic provides screening diagnosis and treatment for children who may be suffering from lead poisoning. Led by pediatrician Joel Davidson, MD, this multi-disciplinary clinic includes a clinical nurse coordinator and specialists from clinical pharmacology/toxicology, nutrition, neuropsychology, social work and legal aid.


The clinic’s neuropsychologist, who assesses cognitive functioning and makes recommendations for interventions, is available long-term for any issues that may arise. The social worker helps families access available resources, including assistance with remediation of the home.

If lead ingestion is suspected, an abdominal X-ray and a hemogram may be performed. Outpatient chelation therapy is used to remove lead from the blood when the levels are too high and the home environment is free of lead hazards. Patients who have extremely high levels of lead may be admitted for intravenous chelation therapy.

A number of federal and state funds are available to remove lead from homes for low-income families. A patient’s primary care physician can initiate a home assessment through the lead department of your county health department or the Ohio Department of Health.

Screening for lead exposure

Since symptoms from lead poisoning usually don’t appear until dangerous amounts have accumulated in the blood, testing is mandated for all Medicaid patients at ages 12 and 24 months. For other Ohio children under the age of 6, the Ohio Department of Health has the following screening questions. Blood testing is required if you answer yes to any of the following questions regarding you children.

Does the child live in or regularly visit a property built before 1978 that has peeling/chipping paint or recent/ongoing renovation (includes childcare centers, preschools, homes of babysitters or relatives)?
Does the child live in a high-risk zip code? (Go to www.odh.ohio.gov for the complete list.)
Does the child live in or regularly visit a home built before 1950?
Does the child have a sibling or playmate who has or had lead poisoning?
Does the child frequently come in contact with an adult who has a hobby or job with lead exposure (construction, welding, pottery, painting, casting ammunition)?
Did the child’s mother have known lead exposure during her pregnancy?
Is the child or mother an immigrant or refugee?
Does the child live near an active or former lead smelter, battery recycling plant or other industry known to release lead?
For more information, contact the LEAD Clinic at (330) 543-LEAD (5323).

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