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Clinics in Shoulder and Elbow 2014;17(2):77-79.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5397/CiSE.2014.17.2.77    Published online June 30, 2014.
Unusual Migration of Kirschner's Wire into Intervertebral Foramen after Lateral Clavicle Fracture Fixation: A Case Report
Jin Ho Lee, Jae Yoon Chung, Myung Sun Kim
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chonnam National University College of Medicine, Gwangju, Korea. mskim@jnu.ac.kr
Received: 21 February 2014   • Revised: 27 March 2014   • Accepted: 7 April 2014
Abstract
The migration of metallic devices such as Kirschner's wire (K-wire) from the shoulder is a well-recognized and significant complication of operation, the wire ending up in the lungs, the heart, the esophagus, the aorta or the subclavian artery. However, spinal migration is very rare. We report the case of a 72-year-old female patient with K-wire migration into the C7-T1 intervertebral foramen, 2 months after surgery for a lateral end fracture of left clavicle.
Key Words: Clavicle; Lateral end fracture; Kirschner's wire; Spinal migration
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