Srinagar: With thousands of persons in Kashmir having retained pellets in their bodies, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Friday revealed that the retained pellets pose a serious threat to their lives.
Raising alarm, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that pellets lodged in body pose a significant and fatal risk to human life.
Pellets in body are potentially dangerous- they are “ticking time bombs waiting to explode”.
Embedded pellets have the potential to cause severe lead poisoning that can prove to be fatal, he said.
He said that the symptoms may appear within few days after someone gets shot, but patients can turn up decades later.
“Lead is particularly toxic to children causing potentially permanent learning and behavioral disorders including violence,” he said adding pregnant women are at a greater risk of premature birth, low birth weight and even abortion.
According to Dr Nisar lodged in pellets are a constant risk for heart attack and stroke. He said that Pellets can penetrate the skin and land in heart or brain by migrating along the artery or vein.