Abdominal pain caused by a potentially fatal attraction

Danielle Claire Mercurio, Candace Scace, Bhairav Shah, Evan Weiner, Rajeev Prasad

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Abdominal pain is a challenging presentation in children. Examination findings and etiology vary greatly, spanning a vast spectrum from flatulence to frank peritonitis with septic shock. Here, we discuss a 10-year-old boy with 24 hours of progressively worsening lower abdominal pain, nausea, and subjective fevers. History and physical examination findings were consistent with appendicitis. However, physicians were surprised when the single-view abdominal radiograph showed an unanticipated, somewhat perplexing discovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e211-e213
JournalPediatric emergency care
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • abdominal pain
  • foreign body
  • ingestion
  • magnets
  • peritonitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine


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