A bullet-sired bone cyst

B. G. Brogdon, W. C. Cottrell, P. Nimityongskul, D. Takhtani

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Random gunfire deposited a bullet in the proximal tibial metaphysis of a 9-year- old girl. The wound was not incapacitating and was treated conservatively. Within 17 months, soreness developed in the proximal leg, and radiography revealed a large unicameral cyst within which the bullet freely tumbled. Eventually, fear of impending fracture prompted further radiography, computed tomography, surgical intervention and pathological examination of the cyst wall. We believe this is only the second description in the English-language literature of this rare sequence of events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)959-963
Number of pages5
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Bonecyst
  • Gunshot wound
  • Post-traumatic cyst
  • Retained bullet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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