Magnet-associated intestinal perforation results in a new institutional policy of ferromagnetic screening prior to MRI
Pediatric Radiology, 06/26/2012
Baines H et al. – The authors present a case in which the patient’s chief complaint of severe posterior neck pain was unrelated to his foreign body ingestion (multiple magnets). The ingestion of magnets was not disclosed by the child to either the providing medical team or to the patient’s family. Because of the serious complications related to this case, all pediatric patients at the institution are now screened with ferromagnetic detectors prior to entering the MRI suite. They encourage nationwide policy revision to prevent further incidents similar to the one described in this case.