M10.12: Lead-induced gout Upper arm
You have lead poisoning, which is causing discomfort in your upper arm or elbow.
3 bones meet at the elbow. These are the humerus and the two bones in the forearm. These are called the ulna and the radius. In the elbow there are several joints between these 3 bones. This is how we are not only able to bend and stretch the arm, but also able to twist the forearm, for example when driving in a screw.
Lead poisoning can cause gout. Gout involves uric acid crystals being deposited in tissue and causing discomfort. Uric acid crystals may be deposited when there is too much uric acid in someone’s blood. Uric acid is excreted by the kidney. Lead poisoning can temporarily disturb the work done by the kidneys, or damage the kidneys permanently. If the kidneys are not working properly, less uric acid than usual may be excreted. This results in excess uric acid in the blood.
When uric acid crystals are deposited in joints, the joints affected may become inflamed, or damaged in some other way. Lead poisoning can also cause other types of joint inflammation. An inflammation in the joints can cause various symptoms. Typical is a swollen, painful joint. The skin above the joint may also be red. It may also no longer be possible to move the joint as usual.
Lead poisoning can also make bones in some places harder than they usually are. When bones are harder than usual they are less elastic and more brittle.
On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.
- G: Confirmed diagnosis
- V: Tentative diagnosis
- Z: Condition after
- A: Excluded diagnosis
- L: Left
- R: Right
- B: Both sides
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