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Kirschner Wire Definition

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Updated June 19, 2014

Definition: A Kirschner wire (also called a K-wire) is a thin wire that can be used to stabilize bone fragments. These wires can be drilled through the bone to hold the fragments in place. They can be placed percutaneously (through the skin), thus avoiding a skin incision, in some cases.

K-wires come in different sizes, and as they increase in size, they become less flexible.  K-wires are often used to stabilize a broken bone, and then removed in the office once the fracture has healed.

Also Known As: K-Wire

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