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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Initial clinical evaluation of a handheld device for detecting retained surgical gauze sponges using radiofrequency identification technology.
On computerized tomography scan, an inhomogenous, hypodense mass with a thick peripheral rim made the diagnosis of a retained surgical gauze likely.