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Keywords:

  • foreign body reaction;
  • haemangiosarcoma;
  • war veteran.

The case is reported of a World War II veteran who developed an angiosarcoma at the site of wounding 46 years previously. The wound was complicated by retained foreign material and chronic infection involving bone. The patient died, 6 weeks after tumour diagnosis, from a complication of the disease. There is slight but definite risk of tumour development in association with retained foreign material. This risk may be greater in older patients who have retained this foreign material for long periods and where the presence of the material is complicated by chronic infection.