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J Korean Soc Ultrasound Med. 2013 Dec;32(4):294-297. Korean. Case Report.
Jeon J , Lee K , Ahn SM , Lee IJ , Lee H , Jung KS , Koh SH .
Department of Radiology, Hallym Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University of Korea, Korea. kwanseop@hallym.or.kr
Department of Surgery, Hallym Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University of Korea, Korea.
Abstract

Foreign body ingestion is a common problem in the pediatric population and the majority of such cases occur between the ages of six months and three years. Most objects pass uneventfully through the gastrointestinal tract; however, ingestion of multiple magnets can cause serious gastrointestinal complications through interaction with each other across the bowel wall. In these situations, radiologic evaluation is imperative for proper treatment. This is a case report on ingestion of 32 magnets in a 10-year-old boy. We diagnosed a small bowel fistula caused by ingestion of multiple magnets using sonography, which showed hyperechoic magnetic foreign bodies attached together penetrating the thickened neighbouring jejunum.

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