Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  2010 Sep;41(3):168-171.

A Case of Gastro-colic Fistula with Peritonitis Due to Ingested Magnets

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. cywgi@chollian.net

Abstract

The ingestion of a foreign body is common in children. But in adults, especially in those who have a mental illness, dysphagia, and consciousness disorders often occur. If a patient ingests more than two magnets, he can develop numerous complications such as bowel necrosis, perforation, and fistula formation. Here we report a case of a 32-year-old patient with gastro-colic fistula and peritonitis following ingestion of multiple magnets. In accidental ingestion of multiple magnets, early exploration should be considered.

Keyword

Multiple magnets ingestion; Gastro-colic fistula; Peritonitis
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