Management of ingested magnets in children

Sunny Z. Hussain, Athos Bousvaros, Mark Gilger, Petar Mamula, Sandeep Gupta, Robert Kramer, R. Adam Noel

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We describe a comprehensive algorithm for the management of ingested rare-earth magnets in children. These newer and smaller neodymium magnets sold as adult toys are much stronger than the traditional magnets, and can attract each other with formidable forces. If >1 magnet is swallowed at the same time, or a magnet is co-ingested with another metallic object, the loops of intestine can be squeezed between them resulting in bowel damage including perforations. An algorithm that uses the number of magnets ingested, location of magnets, and the timing of ingestion before intervention helps to delineate the roles of the pediatric gastroenterologists and surgeons in the management of these cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-242
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012


  • bowel perforation
  • children
  • neodymium
  • rare-earth magnets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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