Gossypiboma: Retained Surgical Sponge After Total Abdominal Hysterectomy with Spontaneous Transurethral Partial Extrusion

Retention of surgical materials occurs after diverse surgical procedures, often times after counting of surgical materials pre and post operatively. A 45 year old female in whom a surgical sponge was left in the pelvis post hysterectomy with spontaneous transurethral partial extrusion is reported. Risk factors that could predispose to a gossypiboma and suggestions to prevent it are reported.


Ali Samba , Kareem Mumuni and Amala Chukwu Okpala

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