Encephalopathy is a general term that describes any abnormality in the brain’s function and structure. There are different causes of encephalopathy, such as a birth defect or an abnormality in the head’s structure. In some cases, however, lead intoxication may also cause this range of diseases.
Because encephalopathy is primarily indicated by an altered mental state, individuals suffering from behavioral disorders are at risk of a delayed encephalopathy diagnosis. In a case published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, an autistic child suffering from lead-induced encephalopathy was thought to only have flu-like syndrome. Missed or delayed encephalopathy diagnosis may lead to late treatment, which may unfortunately cause further complications.
Encephalopathy is among the many adverse effects of lead exposure, especially among young children. If you think a toxic toy or product has caused your child to suffer from lead toxicity, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you file a case against the manufacturer involved. Call our Milwaukee office at (414) 271-0900 today.