Scientific article
Case report

Avaler des aimants : un jeu dangereux. A propos d'une observation

Other titleSwallowing magnets: a dangerous game. A case report
Published inArchives de pédiatrie, vol. 15, no. 6, p. 1095-1098
Publication date2008

Complications related to the ingestion of magnetic foreign bodies by children represents an affirmed health hazard in the United States. In France, an alert has been announced. We report the 1st case in France. Our aim is to alert pediatricians and emergency physicians and to draw attention to the particularities of this type of foreign body. Responsible for complications is the ingestion of at least 2 magnets, or 1 magnet and a metallic foreign body, with a time interval between ingestions. In these cases, it is strongly recommended to extract the foreign bodies with endoscopy if they have not yet passed the pylorus. For those further advanced in the intestinal tract, continuous observation is warranted and surgical extraction is indicated on apparition of 1st clinical symptoms.

  • Cecum/*pathology/surgery
  • Child
  • Foreign Bodies/*complications/radiography/surgery
  • Humans
  • Ileum/*pathology/surgery
  • Intestinal Perforation/*etiology/surgery
  • *Magnetics
  • Male
  • Necrosis
Citation (ISO format)
RAQUILLET, C. et al. Avaler des aimants : un jeu dangereux. A propos d’une observation. In: Archives de pédiatrie, 2008, vol. 15, n° 6, p. 1095–1098. doi: 10.1016/j.arcped.2008.02.017
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