Navigation Links
Swallowing Magnets Can Be Fatal for Children
Date:5/18/2013

SATURDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- Children who swallow high-powered magnets often need surgery and other invasive procedures to remove the objects, according to a new study.

The researchers, from the Louisiana State University Health Center in New Orleans, found that more than 79 percent of children who swallowed very strong "neodymium magnets" required either surgery or an endoscopic procedure, in which a tube containing a camera is inserted into the digestive tract. Only 21 percent of these cases can be treated through observation or by pumping the stomach, they said.

These magnets may appear harmless, but they are up to 20 times stronger than typical refrigerator magnets and are powerful enough to cause significant -- even fatal -- damage to the digestive tract.

Although many ingested objects pass through a child's system without serious problems, children frequently swallow more than one neodymium magnet at a time, the researchers said. As a result, the magnets can pull together and perforate the intestinal wall.

"We seemed to be seeing more and more of these cases, some of which were very serious -- even life-threatening," Dr. Robert Adam Noel, associate professor of pediatrics at Louisiana State University Children's Hospital, said in a news release from the American Gastroenterological Association. "Our research not only confirms our concern, but also shows that early intervention is particularly important with these magnet ingestions."

In conducting the study, the researchers questioned pediatric gastroenterologists across the United States and tracked the medical and surgical procedures used to treat patients who swallowed neodymium magnets.

The study found that in 31 percent of cases, surgery alone was needed to remove the ingested magnets. In 43 percent of the surgical cases, however, a second invasive procedure was required.

"The findings send a strong message to clinicians and parents," Noel said. "Although they look harmless on an X-ray, these magnets are powerful enough to cause serious damage to the digestive tract in a short amount of time."

Although children between 13 months and 6 years old are at greatest risk for swallowing neodymium magnets, older children's risk is increasing because the magnets are used for body jewelry and fake piercings.

The study is scheduled for presentation Saturday at the Digestive Disease Week meeting in Orlando. Data and conclusions of studies presented at medical meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about the dangers of magnet ingestion.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: American Gastroenterological Association, news release, May 18, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Swallowing exercises linked with short-term improvement among patients with head and neck cancer
2. Swallowing exercises can help patients with head and neck cancer
3. Food elimination diet identifies causes of difficulty swallowing and swelling of the throat
4. Electrical brain stimulation can alleviate swallowing disorders after stroke
5. Swallowing Nasal Sprays, Eye Drops Can Harm Kids, FDA Warns
6. Experts urge rapid evaluation for swallowing and voice problems after brain surgery
7. Fewer Children Injured From Swallowing Caustic Chemicals: Study
8. West Penn Allegheny Health System is First in Pennsylvania to Perform Groundbreaking Minimally-Invasive Procedure for Swallowing Disorder
9. Moveable Magnets Used to Forge Gastric Bypass in Pigs
10. Magnets may help prevent rare complication of spinal anesthesia
11. Magnets in iPad2 May Alter Settings on Brain Shunt Devices: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Swallowing Magnets Can Be Fatal for Children
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Amir Qureshi, MD is the first ... patient-centric spinal cord stimulation system. The Nuvectra™ Algovita SCS System has been FDA approved ... be the first in Arkansas to introduce the most powerful SCS system and the ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... ... foods, is sharing bold recipes for Memorial Day entertaining that are sure to ... , “Boar’s Head fresh sliced meats and cheeses featured in these refreshingly balanced ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... MD (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... After ... anti-stress Antzy Top gadget will continue to be available at a discounted crowdfunding price ... deal with stress wherever they are, I also wanted to bring a fidget toy ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... 26, 2017 , ... Rob Lowe acts as host and helps educate and ... on hiking in American. Viewers can reconnect with America as it explores some of ... Many consumers have looked for an inventive new place for a family vacation, and ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... ... the Cross”: the personal journey of Bob Massey and his faith in the Lord. ... Margaret Massey. Bob Massey is small in stature but big in character. As ... for others is apparent in all of his life decisions. , “I’m in the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/10/2017)... , May 10, 2017 CSSi, the global ... the clinical research industry, is proud to announce the ... The new website features both enriched content and a ... and enhances the company,s already well-established position as the ... "After many months of hard work, we ...
(Date:5/9/2017)... WASHINGTON , May 9, 2017  Demonstrating ... the board of directors for the Pharmaceutical Research ... criteria for membership. Biopharmaceutical companies will now have ... in order to be eligible to join PhRMA. ... criteria, the board is sending a clear message ...
(Date:5/9/2017)... , May 9, 2017  Semler Scientific, Inc. ... technology solutions to improve the clinical effectiveness and ... for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. ... enable our customers to identify when preventive care ... before events like heart attacks or strokes occur," ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: