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Bullets, Lead Poisoning, and Thyrotoxicosis

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▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Maxwell P. Westerman, M.D.; Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital; 15th and California Avenue; Chicago, IL 60608.

Chicago, Illinois

© 1978 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(4):509-511. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-89-4-509
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A patient with a retained bullet developed lead poisoning in association with thyrotoxicosis. The clinical and laboratory data suggest that lead was mobilized from an increased mobile bone pool during the hypermetabolic period with resultant poisoning. The findings give factual support to earlier concepts that lead poisoning may occur during periods of metabolic change in an individual with an increased body lead burden.





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