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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 438429, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/438429
Case Report

Traumatic Bilateral Pneumothoraces due to Sternal Wire Migration

1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast BT12 6BA, UK
2Department of Radiology, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast BT12 6BA, UK

Received 28 January 2012; Accepted 28 March 2012

Academic Editor: T. A. Salerno

Copyright © 2012 Umar Imran Hamid et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Sternal wound complications after cardiac surgery are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Wire migrations associated with sternal dehiscence can lead to catastrophic haemorrhage unless intervened in time. We present a case of sternal wire migration causing bilateral pneumothoraces.