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Retrieval of a metallic foreign body in the neck with a rare earth magnet
  1. Jeremy T H Chin1,
  2. Stephen J Davies2,
  3. Jonathan P Sandler2
  1. 1Rotherham District General Hospital, Rotherham
  2. 2Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital, Chesterfield S44 5BL
  1. Correspondence to: Mr Sandler, Consultant in Orthodontics (JonSandler{at}

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A 30 year old man was referred by the accident and emergency (A&E) department to the oral and maxillofacial surgery unit with small puncture lacerations on his left cheek and lower neck. The patient, a metal fitter, had been hammering on a piece of metal that shattered on impact. Local examination revealed two small lacerations (approximately 2 cm each) sited in the left cheek and left inferior neck region. Two discrete metal foreign bodies (approximately 1 cm in diameter) were detected by plain radiography (true lateral skull) (fig 1). The foreign body in the left cheek region was readily palpated through the skin and was retrieved via a small skin incision under local anaesthesia. The fragment in the neck was located in deeper subcutaneous tissues and was not readily palpable. Initial attempts to retrieve the object …

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