Blood lead levels in patients with lead shot retained in the appendix

Acta Radiol. 1988 Nov-Dec;29(6):745-6.


Seven patients with one or two lead shots retained in the appendix were identified by radiography. For each case, two sex- and age-matched control patients without lead shot in the appendix were found. None of the 7 patients with lead shot in the appendix had blood lead levels (median 0.55 mumol/l) approaching the toxic levels, but they averaged almost twice the levels of the controls (median 0.29 mumol/l). Thus, lead shots may add to individual lead exposures, and blood lead analysis should be performed, at least when more than a few lead shots are present.

MeSH terms

  • Appendix*
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies*
  • Humans
  • Lead / blood*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged


  • Lead