Interesting case of retrieval of intrathoracic Kirschner wire

  • Mundayat Gopalakrishnan
  • Amithkiran Naik
  • Manjunath Kamath
  • Rochelle Antao
Case report


Kirschner wires are used in orthopedic surgery for fixation of fractures. We have recently treated a patient who presented with intrathoracic migration of a sharp Kirschner wire which was used for fixing acromioclavicular fracture. She underwent successful thoracotomy with retrieval of the wire from the right upper lobe. Close follow- up and early detection will allow successful treatment of this dangerous complication.


Intrathoracic K-wire Migration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of cardiothoracic and vascular surgeryKS Hegde Medical AcademyMangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Division of cardiac anaesthesiologyKS Hegde Medical AcademyMangaloreIndia
  3. 3.Department of general surgeryKS Hegde Medical AcademyMangaloreIndia

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