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Retained Intra-abdominal Surgical Sponges: Critical Issues

  • Nicola Gagliardi
  • Nicoletta Pignatelli di Spinazzola
  • Ciro Stavolo

Abstract

Intra-abdominal retained surgical foreign bodies are still a significant problem, with an incidence between 0.3 and 1.0 per 1000 abdominal operations [1]. In most cases they are surgical sponges, referred to as a gossypiboma. The term “gossypiboma” is derived from the Latin word gossypium, meaning cotton, and the Swahili word boma, meaning place of concealment [2]. More recently, with the increasing use of sponges made of synthetic material, as retained objects they are referred to as a textiloma or cottonoid [3].

Keywords

Oral Contrast Material Compute Tomography Sign Surgical Sponge Standard Radiography Nonspecific Abdominal Pain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicola Gagliardi
    • 1
  • Nicoletta Pignatelli di Spinazzola
    • 1
  • Ciro Stavolo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Radiological Imaging“A. Cardarelli” HospitalNaplesItaly

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