Surgical sponge forgotten for 9 yrs in abdomen: A case repor
Retained surgical sponge or other items in patients’ bodies happens more frequently than is reported. Healthcare personnel can forget to remove textile material or instruments during complicated, extended, or emergency surgery. In addition, changes in the operating team can influence the occurrence of such errors.

Published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, the authors present a case with a symptomatic gossypiboma nine years after a previous cesarean section. A 34-year-old woman was admitted to the emergency room having experienced abdominal pain and fever for the previous month. An abdominal computed tomography revealed an abscess in the lower abdomen.

A laparotomy was performed, and a resection and block were carried out. A surgical sponge was extracted from an omental abscess.

Learning Points:-
• Surgical sponges are the most common foreign materials retained (70%) in the abdominal cavity because of their frequent usage and small size

• Moreover, a blood-soaked sponge in a hemorrhagic abdomen can be difficult to distinguish from blood

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