EJMCR. 2020; 4(6): 194-197

A case report of intestinal obstruction due to magnetic ball ingestion

Authors: Nadeem Hashmat, Adel Altamimi, Naureen Kanwal Satti.

ABSTRACT

Background: Toys with magnetic balls and objects can lead to serious consequences in children. We report a child with a history of magic ball (magnetic toy) ingestion. Case Presentation: A 4-years-old girl, previously healthy and developmentally normal, presented to the emergency department of the hospital with a 10 daysí history of vomiting and abdominal pain. Parents took her to different hospitals, where she was treated as a case of acute gastroenteritis and gastritis. Routine laboratory tests were normal, and an abdominal ultrasound also did not reveal any abnormality. Parents also did not report anything unusual in history. An abdominal X-ray was done in the Emergency room, which showed a collection of approximately 18 rounded radiopaque objects in the right lower abdomen with the signs of intestinal obstruction. Magnetic balls were removed after laparotomy followed by uneventful recovery. Conclusion: Awareness about the serious consequences of magnetic toy ingestion and the need to supervise children while playing is emphasized. It is strongly recommended that to reduce further damage, the International Safety Standards for the use of small magnets should be established.

Keywords:
Magnetic toy ingestion, Foreign body ingestion, intestinal obstruction, laparotomy, abdominal pain.


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A case report of intestinal obstruction due to magnetic ball ingestion


Authors
Nadeem Hashmat
Department of Emergency Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Adel Altamimi
Department of Emergency Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Naureen Kanwal Satti
Department of Paediatrics, King Saud University, Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Naureen Kanwal Satti, Department of Paediatrics, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.; drnan52@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 07 Nov 2019
Accepted 23 Apr 2020
Published online 01 Jul 2020
Published in print 09 Jul 2020

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Hashmat N, Altamimi A, Satti NK. A case report of intestinal obstruction due to magnetic ball ingestion. EJMCR. 2020; 4(6): 194-197. doi:10.24911/ejmcr/173-1573146058


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Hashmat N, Altamimi A, Satti NK. A case report of intestinal obstruction due to magnetic ball ingestion. EJMCR. (2020), [cited August 14, 2020]; 4(6): 194-197. doi:10.24911/ejmcr/173-1573146058


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Hashmat, N., Altamimi, . A. & Satti, . N. K. (2020) A case report of intestinal obstruction due to magnetic ball ingestion. EJMCR, 4 (6), 194-197. doi:10.24911/ejmcr/173-1573146058


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Hashmat, Nadeem, Adel Altamimi, and Naureen Kanwal Satti. 2020. A case report of intestinal obstruction due to magnetic ball ingestion. European Journal of Medical Case Reports, 4 (6), 194-197. doi:10.24911/ejmcr/173-1573146058


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Hashmat, Nadeem, Adel Altamimi, and Naureen Kanwal Satti. "A case report of intestinal obstruction due to magnetic ball ingestion." European Journal of Medical Case Reports 4 (2020), 194-197. doi:10.24911/ejmcr/173-1573146058


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Hashmat, Nadeem, Adel Altamimi, and Naureen Kanwal Satti. "A case report of intestinal obstruction due to magnetic ball ingestion." European Journal of Medical Case Reports 4.6 (2020), 194-197. Print. doi:10.24911/ejmcr/173-1573146058


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Hashmat, N., Altamimi, . A. & Satti, . N. K. (2020) A case report of intestinal obstruction due to magnetic ball ingestion. European Journal of Medical Case Reports, 4 (6), 194-197. doi:10.24911/ejmcr/173-1573146058


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