Document Type

Article

Department

Radiology

Abstract

A retained surgical sponge or gossypiboma is a rare and an underreported complication occurring most commonly after abdominal surgeries. The clinical presentation as well as the time of presentation is variable with about one third of patients being asymptomatic. The diagnosis is challenging because of marked variation in the presentation and imaging plays a crucial role in diagnosis. We report a 30-year old Asian woman with prior history of Caesarean section who presented with persistent abdominal pain since surgery and underwent imaging in December 2012. The case is interesting as she had two intraabdominal gossypibomas with different appearances on computerized tomography. One was suggested to be a retained foreign body while the other was initially misinterpreted as a solid ovarian mass. However, on ultrasound, both lesions showed similar appearance and the left lower abdominal solid mass was also suggested to be a retained foreign body which was then confirmed on laparotomy.

Publication

Journal of Pakistan Medical Association

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