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Kirschner's wire and splints

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  • Kirschner's apparatus

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A method of treating fractures by means of wires and splints.

Description

In 1909 Kirschner introduced a method of treating fractures by means of wires and splints. A steel wire is passed through holes drilled in the bone so that traction can be applied. The method is called Kirchner traction.

Bibliography

  • M. Kirschner:
    Ueber Nagelextension.
    Beiträge zur klinischen Chirurgie, Tübingen, 1909, 64: 266-279.
    Kirschner wire, for skeletal traction, and for stabilization of bone fragments or bone immobilization.

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