An intestinal fistula in a 3-year-old child caused by the ingestion of magnets: Report of a case
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- Honzumi, M., Shigemori, C., Ito, H. et al. Surg Today (1995) 25: 552. doi:10.1007/BF00311314
We describe herein the case of a 3-year-old child in whom a jejunoileal fistula was caused by the ingestion of magnets. This case report demonstrates that if more than one magnet is found as a foreign body in the intestine, they should not be left untreated even if there are no sharp edges and, it seems they could be evacuated spontaneously. This recommendation is made because the magnets will attract each other and hold the intestinal walls between them, causing necrosis and resulting in intestinal perforation or a fistula.