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Unusual pattern of injury caused by a pyrotechnic hand held signal flare.
  1. D W Oliver,
  2. M Ragbir,
  3. P J Saxby
  1. Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford).


    The case is reported of a man shot with a distress flare from a range of about 3 m. The flare caused a large cavity deep in the pectoral muscles. There should be a high index of suspicion about the extent of the injury in all types of penetrating trauma.

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