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CASE REPORT
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 138-141

Migration of a broken kirschner wire to the popliteal fossa following tension band wiring of a patellar fracture


Department of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Abhishek Vaish
Department of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi - 110 076
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/am.am_12_21

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Kirschner wires (K-wires) are commonly used in the orthopedic trauma practice and liable to breakage and migration. We report the case of a middle-aged man with the migration of K-wire to the popliteal fossa after 11 years of patella fracture fixation and describe the technique of removal of the migrated and retained K-wires. A regular radiographic follow-up should be done to identify the presence of hardware breakage or migration following the use of K-wires. Once the wire migration is identified, it should be removed on an urgent basis regardless of symptoms, to avoid any major or minor complications.


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