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Hemoptysis due to migration of a fractured Kirschner wire.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11296205     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report a rare complication related to the insertion of Kirschner wires for stabilization of an acromioclavicular separation. Five years after placement of the Kirschner wires, the patient presented with hemoptysis. On review of chest radiographs, a fractured wire was found to have migrated from the acromioclavicular joint, through the hemithorax and into the trachea.
G T Foster; K G Chetty; K Mahutte; J B Kim; S A Sasse
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chest     Volume:  119     ISSN:  0012-3692     ISO Abbreviation:  Chest     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-04-11     Completed Date:  2001-05-03     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0231335     Medline TA:  Chest     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1285-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Long Beach, CA 90822, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acromioclavicular Joint / surgery
Bone Wires / adverse effects*
Equipment Failure
Foreign-Body Migration / complications*
Hemoptysis / etiology*
Middle Aged

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