Intrathoracic migration of an unbent Steinmann pin

Mozaffari, M.; Estfan, R.; Sarkar, S.
February 2014
Bulletin of The Royal College of Surgeons of England;Feb2014, Vol. 96 Issue 2, pe21
Case Study
Steinmann pins are known to be used as a shoulder stabilisation device in recurrent dislocation. Although rare, their potential to migrate within the thorax has been reported. We present the case of an 87-year-old man who was treated for recurrent left shoulder dislocation with pinning using a Steinmann pin. He presented eight days postoperatively with the pin impaling the aortic adventitia. To our knowledge, this is only the fifth case report of such an event. Awareness of this complication and attempts to prevent its occurrence are critical as the outcome can be fatal.


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