2 doctors weighed in:

If a person has a lead bullet remaining in his body, will he get lead poisoning?

2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

I don't think so.
I am a pediatrician so none of my patients have gunshot wounds (so far!). I think that the lead in a bullet is inert and is not absorbed (the bullet does not slowly dissolve). Lead poisoning in children typically comes from chronic ingestion of lead dust from paint chips and other sources. Perhaps one of the adult docs could give some additional information.

In brief: No

I don't think so.
I am a pediatrician so none of my patients have gunshot wounds (so far!). I think that the lead in a bullet is inert and is not absorbed (the bullet does not slowly dissolve). Lead poisoning in children typically comes from chronic ingestion of lead dust from paint chips and other sources. Perhaps one of the adult docs could give some additional information.
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Thank
Read more answers from doctors