Toxic paralytic anemia is a condition that may be caused by heavy metal poisoning. Heavy metal poisoning results from the accumulation of toxic metals in the body’s tissues. The signs and symptoms of heavy metal poisoning vary on the type of metal that is involved. Metals like zinc, copper, chromium, iron, and manganese, are used by the body in small amounts. However, these metals accumulate in the body and cause problems such as anemia. Anemia develops when the blood does not have enough red blood cells or hemoglobin because the toxic metals have destroyed the red cells. As a result, the body does not get enough oxygen.
The types of heavy metal poisoning are the following:
- Arsenic poisoning
- Arsenic poisoning
- Cadmium poisoning
- Chromium poisoning
- Cobalt poisoning
- Lead poisoning
- Manganese poisoning
- Mercury poisoning
- Phosphorus poisoning
- Thallium poisoning
- Other metal poisonings
Overexposure may cause fatigue, headaches, stomach issues, loose bowel movement, and fever.
Overexposure to chromium may cause lung and respiratory problems, as well as kidney problems.
Cobalt, used in making plane engines, may cause loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, ear ringing (tinnitus), nerve problems, and respiratory problems.
Lead overexposure may make children weak, clumsier, irritable, and sluggish (lethargic).
Signs and symptoms include weakness, fatigue, problems in walking, confusion, and movement problems
Signs of mercury poisoning include fatigue, depression, drowsiness (lethargy), irritability, and headache.
Signs related to phosphorus poisoning include weakness, headache, nausea, sweating, and gastrointestinal issues.
Symptoms related to thallium poisoning include fatigue, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, and stomach problems.
Various tests can check for different types of metal poisoning. Some may test your blood or urine. Others may require an X-ray. Your doctor will get some information about your job, lifestyle, diet, and whatever else that could have exposed you to heavy metals.
To prevent this condition, stay away from heavy metals that may have caused your anemia. Your doctor can make you understand how to protect yourself.
If your condition is not serious, one treatment choice is chelation. Chelation can be the main treatment. However, this treatment can be hazardous, and it doesn’t work with all metals. Your doctor will tell you whether chelation can benefit you.