Analysis of Pediatric patients with Multiple rare-earth Magn
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The aim of this study was to characterize patients who ingested multiple rare-earth magnets, reveal the harm of rare-earth magnet foreign bodies in the digestive tract, and develop a clinical management algorithm.

Patients with rare-earth magnet foreign bodies in the digestive tract were studied retrospectively. Medical symptoms, signs, procedures, and outcomes were among the medical data examined.

Results:
--A total of 51 cases were included in this study, including 36 males and 15 females.

--The magnets were passed naturally in 24 patients and removed by intervention in 27 patients, including 5 cases by endoscopy and 22 cases by surgery.

--22 cases had gastrointestinal obstruction, perforation, and fistula. Compared with the non-surgical group, the time of the surgical group from ingestion to arriving at the hospital was longer([80 vs 26 hours) while there was no significant difference in the mean age or the number of magnets swallowed.

Finally, while magnets are appealing to children, ingesting several magnets can result in catastrophic consequences such as gastrointestinal obstruction, perforation, and surgical interventions. Even in asymptomatic patients, endoscopic resection should be done as soon as possible in the presence of several magnets, preferably within 24 hours.

Source: https://bmcpediatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12887-021-02642-y
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