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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A retained surgical sponge or gossypiboma is a rare and an underreported complication occurring most commonly after abdominal surgeries.
Post-op fever and wound infection were seen each in 12% of patients, 3 of whom had undergone extracorporeal anastomoses, 1 splenectomy, 1 gossypiboma excision and 1 varicocelectomy.
The term gossypiboma (textiloma, cottonoid, gauzoma, and muslinoma) is used to describe the development of a mass around forgotten surgical materials, such as gauze pads or compresses.
Osinupebi, "Failure to heal of thyroidectomy wound due to gossypiboma and stitch sinus: Report of two cases," Journal of Surgical Technique and Case Report, vol.
(2) Presence of air on CT scan is a characteristic of pyomyoma or gossypiboma. (2,10) As there was no prior history of laparotomy or intrauterine packing following abortion, gossypiboma was not considered.
Gossypiboma is the term used to refer to a mass formed by surgical material left in the body cavity after surgery.
The term 'gossypiboma' is used to describe a retained surgical swab following any surgical procedure.
Although the true incidence of the problem, formally called gossypiboma, is probably underreported, one estimate suggests it occurs as often as 1 in every 7000 procedures.
Duodenal gossypiboma: a case report and literature review
Due to recent pelvic surgery, the imaging characteristics of the mass, and the normal appearance of both ovaries, a gossypiboma was considered.
Gossypiboma of early presentation as cause of acute abdominal pain
Although extremely rare, there has been the seldom-reported condition of a Gossypiboma. This Latin term denotes the concealment of a cotton foreign body that has been left undetected inside a patient's body.