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magnet ingestion, pica



  1. Lao, Robyn Huey DNP, CPNP-AC
  2. Theodorou, Christina M. MD
  3. Kohler, Jonathan E. MD


Abstract: A 9-year-old male presents to the emergency department with abdominal pain, emesis, fever, and generalized peritonitis. Computed tomography images are reviewed and reveal the diagnosis of foreign body magnet ingestion. Surgical and post-operative management are discussed, including readmission due to repeat foreign body ingestion. Pica, defined as compulsive ingestion of nonedible substances, is described. The case report illustrates the importance of a comprehensive history and being wary of potential repeat ingestions in patients with pica.