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Lead Levels in Childhood and Pregnancy: Screening

Release Date: December 2006

Recommendation Summary

Summary of Recommendations - Children

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Asymptomatic Children, 1 to 5 years

The USPSTF concludes that evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children aged 1 to 5 who are at increased risk.

Go to Clinical Considerations for a discussion of risk.

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the service. Evidence is lacking, of poor quality, or conflicting, and the balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined.
Asymptomatic Children, 1 to 5 years

The USPSTF recommends against routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children aged 1 to 5 years who are at average risk. 

The USPSTF recommends against the service. There is moderate or high certainty that the service has no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits

Summary of Recommendations - Pregnant Women

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Pregnant Women

The USPSTF recommends against routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic pregnant women. 

The USPSTF recommends against the service. There is moderate or high certainty that the service has no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits

Related Information for Health Professionals

There is no related information for health professionals.

Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

There is no Clinical Summary for this recommendation.

 
Current as of: September 2013

Internet Citation: Recommendation Summary. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2014.
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Topic/recommendation-summary/lead-levels-in-childhood-and-pregnancy-screening

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