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Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 1983 Jun;4(2):165-9.

A fatal case of lead poisoning due to a retained bullet.

Abstract

Lead poisoning from a retained bullet or missile is rare and is usually dependent on the location of the missile in a bone or immediately adjacent to a joint. A review of the literature revealed only 14 cases in which there was adequate laboratory documentation of plumbism caused by a retained bullet or missile. Only one of these previously reported cases resulted in death. We report a second death due to lead poisoning from a retained bullet with elevated blood lead levels documented by toxicologic analysis.

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