Question of the Day – Wednesday November 1, 2017

Question: When a patient has inserted button sized magnets into both nares, what are the potential adverse effects?

Answer: The cited reference notes “Attracting nasal magnets necessitate emergency removal because they can compress the mucosa of the nasal septum, leading to necrosis and septal perforation.” (Kazikdas KC and Dirik MA. Button magnets in the nasal cavity. 2017 NEJM 3777(17):1666)