Can my liver protect me from a lead bullet?
September 28, 2008 8:03 PM Subscribe
YANMD...Can my liver handle lead?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I had an accident with a firearm and now there's a bullet in my leg.
It's a .22 caliber copper jacketed lead hollow point.
The doc who checked me out in the ER said that it's not in a bad place for removing, but it's still safer to leave the bullet rather than take it out. It's sitting right in front of my femur.
I asked the doc about the lead in the bullet, and he said that any lead that goes into my system from the bullet will be taken care of by my liver.
Can my liver really handle lead? The bullet is deformed, and I'm worried about the lead.