Delayed abscess formation in the wrist due to an unusual retained foreign body--a case report

Ann Acad Med Singap. 1995 Nov;24(6):867-8.


It is well documented that retained foreign bodies can be associated with delayed abscess formation in the body. We report an unusual case of a large bomb shrapnel in the wrist of a 64-year-old Chinese woman which was retained for 52 years, causing gross wrist destruction and delayed abscess formation. An open drainage of the wrist abscess was done and the shrapnel was removed. A secondary closure was subsequently done but the patient refused another procedure for a formal wrist arthrodesis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / etiology*
  • Abscess / surgery
  • Drainage
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Foreign Bodies / surgery
  • Humans
  • Metals / adverse effects
  • Middle Aged
  • Wounds, Penetrating / complications
  • Wrist Injuries / complications
  • Wrist Joint / pathology*
  • Wrist Joint / surgery


  • Metals