Lead intoxication from a pellet entrapped in the appendix of a child: treatment considerations

J Pediatr Surg. 1994 Dec;29(12):1618-20. doi: 10.1016/0022-3468(94)90240-2.


A 4-year-old boy with symptoms of lead intoxication and confirmatory serum lead levels was eventually found to have a pellet lodged in his appendix. Because laxatives and cathartics did not dislodge the pellet, appendectomy was performed. Arguments for and against this decision are explored.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Appendix*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Humans
  • Lead / blood
  • Lead Poisoning / etiology*
  • Male


  • Lead