K-wire migration to unexpected site

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Kirschner wire migration is a notorious incident in orthopedic surgery. Efforts to avoid it was carried out by several standard procedures, including bending the wire and reporting the cases all around the world in many journals. Nevertheless, the incident still happens, and some include symptoms that amazed doctors as to how the wire travelled. We reported a migration of forgotten wire to contra lateral region presented as corpus alienum of the lung in a 34-year-old woman after distal clavicular fracture surgery three years previously. We also reported a migrating wire fragment after a fall accident in sport activity of a 28-year-old male; which travelled from clavicular region to cervical 6–7 region in 4 days. Both cases were successfully managed without extravagant surgery or serious damage, helped by meticulous history taking, physical examination, precise imaging, and prompt management. These cases render lessons and discussion for further understanding of the wire migration and the exact protocol in handling K-wire patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-21
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Open
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Case report
  • Failure implant
  • K-wire migration
  • Protocol of K-wire


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