May Paintball cause Liver Damage?
He arrived at the doctor’s with abdominal pain, no appetite, and a fever. Initially, he was thought to have appendicitis. Upon arriving at the ER, doctors realized it wasn’t his appendix, but instead he had liver and abdominal damage, which caused him to bleed internally.
It took hours to stabilize the young man. His injuries were caused two days earlier when he was hit with paintballs twice in his lower right side. Doctors wrote in the BMJ Medical Journal, This represents the first report of paintball-related blunt traumatic injury to the liver.
In the case report, published in the journal BMJ Case Reports, researchers chronicle a case of an 18-year-old man who was admitted to a hospital for what was believed to be appendicitis. As it turned out, doctors observed bleeding from his liver.
It was discovered that the man had played paintball a couple days earlier and had been hit more than once in that region of his body. The man was able to be treated, but required an operation to stop the bleeding. ” Solid organ injuries of this nature have only been reported three times previously-all in the urological setting,” the report authors write.
“Paintball pellets are known to be harmful to ocular structures but are increasingly associated with vascular and solid organ injuries,” the report authors warn. “Participants and physicians must both be aware of the possible dangers associated with this recreational sport.”