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Progressive migration of broken Kirschner wire into the proximal tibia following tension-band wiring technique of a patellar fracture - case report.
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PMID:  23267457     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Wire breakage and migration is a known complication of using a wire tension band construct to treat displaced patella fractures. We report a case of a broken K-wire that migrated from the patella completely into the proximal tibia without complication 9 years after the index surgery. This report highlights the fact that wire migration can occur long after fracture healing and be relatively asymptomatic. But because the complications of wire migration can be deadly, it requires diligence on the part of the physician to educate the patient that new knee pain after operative fixation requires formal evaluation by the treating surgeon.
Sanjit R Konda; Alan Dayan; Kenneth A Egol
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bulletin of the NYU hospital for joint diseases     Volume:  70     ISSN:  1936-9727     ISO Abbreviation:  Bull NYU Hosp Jt Dis     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101300541     Medline TA:  Bull NYU Hosp Jt Dis     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  279-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
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