Inuit woman's appendix filled with gun pellets

Doctors in Alaska recently reported the case of a 73-year-old Native woman whose appendix swelled to three times its normal size due to decades of ingesting buckshot.

It is common for Natives in Alaska who live a subsistence lifestyle to ingest gun pellets from the game they shoot. But this case was different in that the woman's appendix was completely filled with buckshot.

The pellets don't appear to be causing a health problem for the woman, doctors said.

Get the Story:
Shot in the Gut, and She Didn't Even Know It (The New York Times 1/3)

Relevant Documents:
Buckshot Ingestion (The New England Journal of Medicine)