Minimally Invasive Removal of Shrapnel Using a Tubular Retractor System
Corresponding AuthorDonald A. Ross
Section of Neurological Surgery, Operative Care Division, Portland Veterans, Portland, Oregon, USA
A B S T R A C T
Background: The removal of small, metallic shrapnel fragments can be challenging, but may be indicated for pain, migration, infection, toxicity, etc. Methods: We report the novel use of minimally invasive spine surgery technology to remove a shrapnel fragment deep into the scapula. Results: Use of fluoroscopy and a 16 mm minimally invasive spine surgery tubular retractor allowed removal of the fragment in 30 minutes as an outpatient with good results. Conclusion: Minimally invasive spine surgical technology could be useful for removal of shrapnel fragments from the calf, thigh, buttocks and torso.
Article TypeCase Report
Publication historyReceived: Mon 28, Dec 2020
Accepted: Wed 13, Jan 2021
Published: Fri 29, Jan 2021
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