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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

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Migration of a Kirschner wire from the greater trochanter to the popliteal fossa: a case report

Journal of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyOfficial Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology20067:139

  • Received: 1 October 2005
  • Accepted: 25 February 2006
  • Published:


Migration of Kirschner (K) wires from the upper extremity joints has often been reported, but it is less common from the lower extremities. In this report, we describe an 85-year-old man treated, during a hip replacement procedure, with a K-wire because of a trochanteric fracture; after one year, the K-wire was found in the popliteal fossa. This report illustrates the first case of K-wire migration in the popliteal area of the knee and suggests avoiding the use of free K-wires without any tension banding.

Key words

  • Kirschner wire
  • Knee
  • Hip replacement