Lead (graphite) from a pencil

Pencil lead (graphite) can cause a puncture wound. Pencil lead is not lead but graphite (carbon), which is less worrisome. It is not necessary to check blood levels for lead or worry about lead toxicity or poisoning if pencil lead has caused a puncture wound.

Pencil lead that is in a fleshy area, such as the buttocks, may be left in place. Pencil lead in the hand may need to be removed by a health professional. Evaluation by a health professional is recommended anytime there is an object in a wound.

Last Updated: June 10, 2008

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