Full of lead: old bullet comes back to bite

This is why intra-articular bullets should always be removed

‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ is the approach sometimes taken with gunshot wounds — that is, if removing the bullet would do more harm than good.

Knee X-ray

But a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates why bullets in the body’s joints should never be left alone, after a man started showing signs of lead poisoning 14 years later.

The 56-year-old presented to a Chicago ED with chronic worsening left knee pain,

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