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Management of patients with magnetically controlled growth rods amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic

Hothi, H; Tucker, S; Shafafy, M; Nnadi, C; Cheung, KMC; Dal Gal, E; Tognini, M; ... Hart, A; + view all (2020) Management of patients with magnetically controlled growth rods amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic. European Spine Journal , 29 (10) pp. 2409-2412. 10.1007/s00586-020-06516-2. Green open access

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Introduction At the time of writing, we are all coping with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Amongst other things, this has had a significant impact on postponing virtually all routine clinic visits and elective surgeries. Concurrently, the Magnetic Expansion Control (MAGEC) rod has been issued with a number of field safety notices and UK regulator medical device alerts. Methods This document serves to provide an overview of the current situation regarding the use of MAGEC rods, primarily in the UK, and the impact that the pandemic has had on the management of patients with these rods. Results and Conclusion The care of each patient must of course be determined on an individual basis; however, the experience of the authors is that a short delay in scheduled distractions and clinic visits will not adversely impact patient treatment. The authors caution against a gap in distractions of longer than 6 months and emphasise the importance of continued remote patient monitoring to identify those who may need to be seen more urgently.

Type: Article
Title: Management of patients with magnetically controlled growth rods amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s00586-020-06516-2
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00586-020-06516-2
Language: English
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Keywords: COVID-19, MAGEC rod, MCGR, EOS
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Ortho and MSK Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10120018
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