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Korean J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2002 Mar;5(1):68-72. Korean.
Published online Mar 31, 2002.
Copyright © 2002 The Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Gastric Ulcer Due to Three Magnets Ingestion in a 37-month-old Girl
Mi Jung Kim, Ae Jung Kwak and Kwang Hae Choi
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea.

The accidental swallowing of foreign body is a common problem in the children. We describe the case of 37-month-old girl in whom a gastric ulcer was caused by the ingestion of three magnets. This case report demonstrates that if more than one magnet were swallowed, they should be removed even if there are no sharp edges and small size. Because the magnets will attract each other and hold the intestinal walls between them, causing necrosis and resulting in intestinal perforation or a fistula.

Keywords: Foreign body; Gastric ulcer; Magnets; Child