retained surgical sponge

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retained surgical sponge

A term of art referring to an intraoperative mistake discovered postoperatively, in which one or more surgical sponges, gauze pads or other form of textile is left behind in the operative field after closing the patient. Retained surgical sponges may become a nidus for infection, and are often grounds for malpractice lawsuits.
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Due to recent pelvic surgery, the imaging characteristics of the mass, and the normal appearance of both ovaries, a gossypiboma was considered.
Given these findings and the patient's clinical history, the differential diagnosis included gossypiboma, retrorectal cystic hamartoma, epidermal inclusion cyst and endometrioma.
Herein, we report a case of gossypiboma presented as an abdominal lump 7 years after open cholecystectomy.
Gossypiboma or a mass of cotton that is retained in the body following surgery is rarely seen in daily clinical practice.
Zbar AP, Agrawal A, Saeedi IT and Utidjian MRA: Gossypiboma revisited: a case report and review of the literature.
The Safety-Sponge System is an integrated turn-key program of thermally affixed, data matrix tagged surgical sponges, line-of-sight scanning technology, and documentation that offers surgeons and hospitals a solution to gossypiboma -- the term for surgical sponges accidentally left inside a human body after surgery.
Gossypiboma (which is also known as textiloma, cottonoid, and gauzeoma) is a mass formed by a retained surgical sponge surrounded by encapsulating reactive tissue.
8 Patients with gossypiboma can remain asymptomatic for months or years.
Gossypiboma is the medical term associated with leaving a surgical sponge inside the human body after surgery, estimated to occur 3,000 - 5,000 times every year, costing Americans about $750 million to $1 billion annually.
Based on our estimates compiled from various medical and legal sources, gossypiboma occurs in about 3,000 to 5,000 surgical procedures each year in the United States alone, and results in liability settlements and other costs in excess of $750 million annually.
Gossypiboma occurs in an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 surgical procedures each year in the United States alone, and liability settlements and other costs related to retained sponges amount to an estimated $750 million to $1 billion annually.
The SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System is an integrated turn-key program of thermally affixed, data matrix tagged surgical sponges, line-of-sight scanning technology, and documentation that offers surgeons and hospitals a solution to gossypiboma -- the term for surgical sponges accidentally left inside a human body after surgery.