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East and Central African Journal of Surgery
Association of Surgeons of East Africa and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
ISSN: 1024-297X
EISSN: 1024-297X
Vol. 23, No. 1, 2018, pp. 52-54
Bioline Code: js18010
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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East and Central African Journal of Surgery, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2018, pp. 52-54

 en Retained textile foreign body: A rare cause of acute abdomen
Caballero-Alvarado, José; Ruiz-Urquiaga, Carlos; Sánchez-Zavaleta, Judith & Chávez-Cruzado, Edward


A retained textile foreign body in the abdominal cavity following surgery (gossypiboma, textiloma) is an iatrogenic complication that has medicolegal repercussions. This report presents a female patient who was seen in the emergency room with a history of hysterectomy, 8 years prior, due to severe haemorrhage associated with placenta accreta. She complained of moderate abdominal pain, which progressed over the previous 8 days. After physical examination and diagnostic imaging, an appendicular plastron complicated by abscess was diagnosed. During surgery, a mobile, omentum-wrapped mass was observed and excised. Extracorporeal inspection revealed the mass to be partially decomposed dressing gauze saturated with malodorous liquid. The patient recovered well and was discharged with no complications.

retained textile foreign body; gossypiboma; acute abdomen

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