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

d 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.

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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


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