Sternal intraosseous devices are widely used in both civilian and military trauma when vascular access is difficult to establish. We discuss a rare complication of intraosseous needle insertion in two patients where the needle tip remained in the sternum after the device had been removed. Neither patient had evidence of any complication of the retained intraosseous needle tip after >6 years of follow-up.
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- Received August 3, 2016.
- Revision received November 3, 2016.
- Accepted November 6, 2016.
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Contributors JK and AJ identified the patients. JK and JMH consented the patients. JMH wrote the first draft with assistance from AJ. JMH and AJ found and edited the imaging. JMH submitted and responded to review comments. JMH, AJ and JK edited final draft.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent Obtained.
Ethics approval Army Medical Services.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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