Ingestion of Magnets

Author: David Firth / Editor: Yasmin Sultan / Codes: Published: 22/06/2022

A 2-year-old child, Cecilia, is brought to the Emergency Department (ED). Yesterday her mother found her with an open box of super strong ball magnets. She is unsure if any magnets are missing. Cecilia has been off her food. She has mild epigastric discomfort.


  • Respiratory rate: 28
  • Oxygen saturations: 98% on air
  • Heart rate: 118
  • Capillary refill time:  under 2 seconds

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