ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Thirteen years of migration of Kirschner wires: A mediastinal foreign body
Mahmut Özbey1, Ufuk Türkmen2, Ekber Şahin1
1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Sivas Cumhuriyet University Faculty of Medicine, Sivas, Türkiye
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Hitit University Erol Olcok Training and Reserch Hospital, Çorum, Türkiye
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2023.21980
Kirschner wires used for orthopedic fixation can rarely migrate over time. A 26-year-old male patient in whom two Kirschner wires were inserted 13 years ago for the stabilization of the right sternoclavicular joint dislocation and migrated into the anterior mediastinum and left hilum was admitted to our clinic. Incidentally detected Kirschner wires on chest radiography were removed by superior mini-sternotomy. In conclusion, since migration of Kirschner wires may cause serious complications, these patients should be followed closely and the wires should be removed once migration is detected.
Keywords : Foreign body migration, Kirschner wire, mediastinum, sternotomy
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