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.
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.