Research Article| Volume 11, ISSUE 5, P729-732, September 1986

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Lead poisoning from a gunshot wound to the hand

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      Lead intoxication from retained bullets is uncommon but potentially fatal. A 45-year-old man was shot in the left wrist with a .32-caliber rifle. He was first seen 16 months later with symptoms, signs, and laboratory values that were consistent with the diagnosis of plumbism. The factors leading to plumbism, its evaluation, and treatment are reviewed.
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