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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10 So our patient underwent MDCT of chest that not only shows the aneurysm but also the surrounding thrombosis and retained foreign body as a predisposing factor.
In some instances, the attempt to remove the retained foreign body may cause more harm than the item itself, although in these circumstances the foreign body is usually a needle or small part of a surgical item.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was initially recommended but not performed because of the presence of the retained foreign body in the orbit (figure, B).
Open wound, excluding those with retained foreign body.
Alternatively, they may present to their physician with symptoms suggestive of common pediatric ailments, making the diagnosis of retained foreign body more problematic.
Artifact on postoperative chest radiograph, mimicking retained foreign body.
Delayed complications commonly relate to infection associated with a retained foreign body.
Abrasions that persist longer than 48 hours may signal an infection, herpes keratitis, or a retained foreign body, and should be referred to an ophthalmologist.