Gossypiboma: An important preventable cause of morbidity

Parashari, Umesh C.; Khanduri, Sachin; Saxena, Sugandha; Bhadury, Samarjit
July 2012
Annals of Tropical Medicine & Public Health;Jul/Aug2012, Vol. 5 Issue 4, p397
Academic Journal
An uncommon complication of any surgery is iatrogenic retained foreign body. This condition is gossypibomas. In this case report, we present cases of middle-aged females who had undergone total abdominal hysterectomy and came to us with feature of intestinal obstruction. She was diagnosed radiologically, and later a review surgery was performed. A prompt diagnosis and treatment is necessary to reduce morbidity and mortality of this condition. It is to emphasize that any post-operative patient who present to us with complaints of pain or obstruction, the differential diagnosis must include retained foreign body (gossypibomas).


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