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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First reported by Wilson in 1884,5 gossypiboma has various synonyms such as "textiloma", "gauzoma", or "muslinoma.".
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.
Gossypiboma (textiloma, gauzeoma, muslinoma, cottonbaloma, cottonoid) is the term used to describe a retained "mass of cotton".