Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

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

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10195-006-0139-4

Received: 1 October 2005

Accepted: 25 February 2006

Published: 25 September 2006

Abstract

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 wireKneeHip replacement

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