Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 35, Issue 12, pp 959–963 | Cite as

A bullet-sired bone cyst

  • B. G. BrogdonEmail author
  • W. C. Cottrell
  • P. Nimityongskul
  • D. Takhtani
Case Report


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.


Gunshot wound Bone cyst Post-traumatic cyst Retained bullet 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. G. Brogdon
    • 1
    Email author
  • W. C. Cottrell
    • 2
  • P. Nimityongskul
    • 3
  • D. Takhtani
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of South Alabama Medical CenterMobileUSA
  2. 2.Orthopaedic Associates of West FloridaClearwaterUSA
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of South Alabama Medical CenterMobileUSA
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyJohns Hopkins School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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