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Multiple magnet ingestion causing volvulus
  1. Emily Mander1,
  2. Sonia Basson2,
  3. Quen Mok3
  1. 1University of Dundee School of Medicine, Dundee, UK
  2. 2Specialist Neonatal and Paediatric Surgery, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK
  3. 3Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Emily Mander, University of Dundee College of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing, Dundee, UK; e.mander{at}

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A 22-month-old boy presented to the emergency department with a 2-day history of constipation and a 1-day history of non-bilious vomiting. Examination showed a soft, distended abdomen with sluggish bowel sounds. Abdominal X-ray (figure 1) showed distended small bowel loops, lack of bowel gas distally and five foreign bodies in the right iliac fossa, likely magnetic beads from a sibling’s new toy, although the ingestion was not witnessed.

Figure 1

Abdominal X-ray showing dilated loops of bowel …

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  • Contributors EM drafted the text and sourced the clinical images. QM edited the draft and provided critical revision for important intellectual content. SB reviewed draft and provided feedback.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer-reviewed.