TITLE

Gossypiboma and Surgeon- Current Medicolegal Aspect - A Review

AUTHOR(S)
Biswas, Rabi; Ganguly, Suvro; Saha, Makhan; Saha, Subhasis; Mukherjee, Subhabrata; Ayaz, Asif
PUB. DATE
August 2012
SOURCE
Indian Journal of Surgery;Aug2012, Vol. 74 Issue 4, p318
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Gossypiboma or textiloma is referred to as a surgical gauze or towel inadvertently retained inside the body following surgery. It is an infrequent but avoidable surgical complication, which must be kept in mind in any postoperative patient who presents with pain, infection, or palpable mass. Gossypiboma, in the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur, proves that the surgeon is negligent. Moreover, it has medicolegal consequences including mental agony, humiliation, huge monetary compensation and imprisonment on the part of the surgeon and increased morbidity, mortality and financial loss on the part of the patient. Here we report two cases of gossypiboma and review its current medicolegal aspect in relation to the surgeon.
ACCESSION #
80028180

 

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