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J Trauma. 1993 Jan;34(1):154-6.

Pulmonary artery perforation after Kirschner wire migration: case report and review of the literature.

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Section of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.


Utilization of Kirschner wires for bone and joint fixation is potentially complicated by migration of the wire from the fixation site over time. However, a review of the literature disclosed few reports of this complication. We describe such a case in order to emphasize the potential danger of the migration of such metallic devices used near thoracic cavity.

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