Nasal magnetic foreign body: a sticky topic

J Emerg Med. 2012 Aug;43(2):319-21. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2010.02.013. Epub 2010 Apr 9.


Background: Magnetic earrings are becoming a popular item for both adults and children. In recent years, there have been case reports describing how two magnetic rings become affixed to the nasal septum.

Discussion: We report the use of two cardiac pacemaker magnets and two micro polypus forceps to remove the magnetic rings via induced magnetism.

Conclusions: The use of magnetized instruments demonstrates a safe and effective way to remove impacted magnetic foreign bodies from the nose.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Foreign Bodies / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Fields*
  • Magnets / adverse effects*
  • Male
  • Nose*