Tracheoinnominate artery fistula caused by migration of a Kirschner wire

Yi Hsuan Wu, Chao Han Lai, Chawn Yau Luo, Yau Lin Tseng

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Iatrogenic injury is an underreported but potentially devastating complication of orthopedic wire migration. We report a 48-year-old man with a tracheoinnominate artery fistula caused by migration of a Kirschner wire that was inserted for fixation of a left clavicle fracture nine years before. Following surgical removal of the wire and repair of both trachea and innominate artery, the patient recovered eventually. Although migration of orthopedic wire to the trachea has been reported twice in previous literature, such a complication involving both the trachea and arch vessel was not previously described. Physicians who care for patients with orthopedic wires in place should be aware of migration with tracheoinnominate artery fistula and other iatrogenic injuries as potentially lethal complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-216
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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