J Korean Radiol Soc.  2008 Apr;58(4):405-408. 10.3348/jkrs.2008.58.4.405.

Duodenal Obstruction and Acquired Gastroduodenal Fistula Caused by Magnets: A Case Report

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Radiology, Chosun University Hospital, Korea. dhk1107@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Radiology, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Korea.
  • 3Department of Radiology, Kwangju Christian Hospital, Korea.

Abstract

Foreign body ingestion in children is commonly encountered and this usually resolves spontaneously. Single magnet ingestion usually does not need additional medical treatment. However, multiple magnets can attract each other in intestinal loops and several complications can develop such as bowel obstruction and fistula formation. In this situation, endoscopic and/or surgical intervention is inevitably required. Therefore, making the correct diagnosis is needed for cases of magnets ingestion, and this should be done as soon as possible for children. We report here on a case of gastroduodenal fistula and duodenal obstruction caused by the interaction of four magnets.

Keyword

Intestinal obstruction; Intestinal fistula; Foreign bodies; Magnets

MeSH Terms

Child
Duodenal Obstruction
Eating
Fistula
Foreign Bodies
Humans
Intestinal Fistula
Intestinal Obstruction
Magnets
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