Pediatr Emerg Med J.  2020 Jun;7(1):41-44. 10.22470/pemj.2020.00080.

A case of ingested multiple magnetic beads: the importance of suspicion based on medical history

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Eunpyeong St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea


We report a 33-month-old boy who presented to the emergency department with mild periumbilical abdominal pain lasting for 3 days. A plain abdominal radiograph showed 7 magnetic beads, which were located possibly in the small intestine without a free air. His parents bought neodymium magnetic beads 10 days before the onset of the symptom, and did not witness swallowing of the beads. Contrary to the radiographic finding, laparoscopic exploration showed several perforations in the small intestine and mesocolon. He was discharged uneventfully on postoperative day 5. Ingested magnetic beads should be considered as a cause if a child with abdominal pain recently obtained or played with the beads.


Foreign Bodies; Intestinal Perforation; Laparoscopy; Magnetics; Neodymium
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