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Gastrointestinal Injuries from Magnet Ingestion in Children --- United States, 2003--2006       Archived


The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has become aware of toy products containing small, powerful rare-earth magnets that pose unique health hazards to children. Since 2003, CPSC staff members have identified one death resulting from ingestion of these magnets and 19 other cases of injuries requiring gastrointestinal surgery. This report describes three selected cases and summarizes the 20 cases of magnet ingestion identified by CPSC that occurred during 2003--2006. Caregivers should keep small magnets away from young children and be aware of the unique risks. Created: 12/8/2006 by MMWR. Date Released: 12/29/2006. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.

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