retained surgical sponge

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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Intracolonic obstruction induced by a retained surgical sponge after trauma laparotomy.
Retained surgical sponge (gossypiboma) after intraabdominal or retroperitoneal surgery: 14 cases treated at a single center.
The retained surgical sponge or gauze after surgical intervention or a birth can have serious consequences for patients and poses a challenging problem for clinicians.
2 Migration of a retained surgical sponge into the bowel is rare compared to abscess formation.
A diagnosis of upper intestinal obstruction was made and based on the presence of this finding, a retained surgical sponge was highly suspected.
We present a case of retained surgical sponge removed 2 years after cesarean section/hysterotomy.
The term Gossypiboma, derived from the Latin word "gossypium" (cotton) and the Swahilli "Boma" (place of concealment) (1) denotes retained surgical sponge.
Kaiser CW, Friedman S, Spurling KP, Slowick T, Kaiser HA 1996 The retained surgical sponge Annals of Surgery 224 79-84
Gossypiboma (which is also known as textiloma, cottonoid, and gauzeoma) is a mass formed by a retained surgical sponge surrounded by encapsulating reactive tissue.
They involved her failure to respond to calls and initiate timely treatment, a broken humerus and permanent nerve injury following a birth, and a retained surgical sponge.
Exploratory laparotomy was performed in all 12 cases to retrieve the retained surgical sponge and the abdomen was closed after successful removal of the retained sponge.
Retained surgical sponge should be kept in mind when there is intraabdominal abscess resistant to drainage in postoperative period.