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Transmediastinal migration of Kirschner wire.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18658165     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The authors describe a case of transmediastinal migration, and lodging into the right lung, of a Kirschner wire used to fix a fracture of the left clavicle. The medical literature reports cases of intrathoracic migration of Kirschner wire; however, a transmediastinal migration has not been previously described. A small right thoracotomy was performed and the wire was removed without complications. We discuss aspects of this uncommon finding and alert physicians for the potential risks of the migration of metallic pins used to fixate boney structures within the chest.
Evaldo Marchi; Marcio P Reis; Marcus V Carvalho
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2008-07-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1569-9285     ISO Abbreviation:  Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-19     Completed Date:  2008-12-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101158399     Medline TA:  Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  869-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Thoracic Surgery, Jundiaí Medical College, Jundiai, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic
Bone Wires / adverse effects*
Clavicle / injuries,  surgery*
Foreign-Body Migration / etiology*,  pathology,  surgery
Fracture Fixation, Internal / adverse effects*,  instrumentation
Fractures, Bone / surgery*
Lung Diseases / etiology*,  pathology,  surgery
Radiography, Thoracic
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Treatment Outcome

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