Bowel perforation after ingestion of magnets
Acute onset of profuse vomiting (over 40 times). No diarrhea or fevers. Bowel sounds hypoactive and diffusely tender abdomen with peritonism. Bowel obstruction?
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Multiple magnets lining up, misleadingly appearing to be in the same bowel loop.
The patient was confirmed to have a bowel obstruction with perforation. Operative findings revealed that the magnets were in different bowel loops.
This case proves that swallowed magnets should not be underestimated as a possible cause of significant abdominal pathology.