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Intracardiac migration of a Kirschner wire: case report and literature review

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Migration of orthopedic wires to a solid organ or body cavity is a rare complication that can cause various symptoms and may lead to death. We report a patient with Kirschner wire (K-wire) migration from the right pelvic cavity, a previous fracture site, into the right ventricle of the heart. K-wire migration was initially detected by simple chest radiography. The origin of the foreign body was initially unclear. Cardiac CT angiography with volume-rendered imaging helped to locate the migrating K-wire in the heart; a pelvic scan showed another K-wire in the right pelvic bone.

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Park, SY., Kang, JW., Yang, D.H. et al. Intracardiac migration of a Kirschner wire: case report and literature review. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging 27 (Suppl 1), 85–88 (2011).

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