Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 43, Issue 7, pp 851–859

Imaging pediatric magnet ingestion with surgical-pathological correlation

  • Jeffrey P. Otjen
  • Charles A. RohrmannJr.
  • Ramesh S. Iyer
Pictorial Essay

DOI: 10.1007/s00247-012-2549-1

Cite this article as:
Otjen, J.P., Rohrmann, C.A. & Iyer, R.S. Pediatr Radiol (2013) 43: 851. doi:10.1007/s00247-012-2549-1

Abstract

Foreign body ingestion is a common problem in the pediatric population and a frequent cause for emergency room visits. Magnets are common household objects that when ingested can bring about severe, possibly fatal gastrointestinal complications. Radiography is an integral component of the management of these children. Pediatric and emergency radiologists alike must be aware of imaging manifestations of magnet ingestion, as their identification drives decision-making for consulting surgeons and gastroenterologists. Radiology can thus substantially augment the clinical history and physical exam, facilitating appropriate management. This manuscript sequentially presents cases of magnet ingestion featuring imaging findings coupled with surgical and pathological correlation. Each case is presented to highlight ways in which the radiologist can make impactful contributions to diagnosis and management. Clinical overview with pitfalls of magnet ingestion imaging and an imaging decision tree will also be presented.

Keywords

Pediatrics Magnet Ingestion Foreign bodies Pathology 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey P. Otjen
    • 1
  • Charles A. RohrmannJr.
    • 2
  • Ramesh S. Iyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Seattle Children’s HospitalUniversity of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Washington Medical CenterSeattleUSA

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