Description by Mike Henderson, specimen curated at The Royal College of Surgeons

RCSHC/ P 337

Right femur

A large rounded cavity is present at the midshaft of the right femur resulting from a gunshot injury.  This has resulted in a compound fracture at the middle third of the shaft.  The bullet wound penetrates the bone in an anteroposterior direction and displays smooth, rounded margins, with a larger aperture on the posterior surface.

The fractured bone is well healed although with malunion resulting in a degree of overlap and mediolateral displacement of the broken ends.  A thick plaque of new compacted bone (callus) surrounds the region of the injury and unites the overlapping edges.

The bullet was removed from the large round cavity in the middle of the bone.

The proximal head and distal end of the bone have been sawn post-mortem.