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Multiple Ball Magnet Ingestion With Sandwiching of the Uvula

      Foreign body ingestion is common among pediatric emergency admissions, and there is increasing awareness that the ingestion of hazardous small high-powered rare earth magnets is rising. A recent United Kingdom (UK)-based study observed a 56% increase in cases of foreign body ingestion in children from 2016 to 2020, with a fivefold increase in the incidence of magnet ingestion (
      • Thakkar H
      • Burnand K
      • Healy C
      • et al.
      Foreign body ingestion in children: a magnet epidemic within a pandemic.
      ). A multicenter UK major trauma center survey recently demonstrated that a significant proportion of pediatric patients experienced serious complications from ball magnet ingestion despite early and often asymptomatic presentation, with 51% requiring operative intervention (
      • Price J
      • Malakounides G
      • Stibbards S
      • Agrawal S.
      Ball magnet ingestion in children: a stronger and more dangerous attraction?.
      ). We report herein a unique case of multiple ball magnet ingestion, in which the sandwiching of the uvula by two magnets went initially unrecognized.

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