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Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2014, Article ID 963454, 3 pages
Case Report

Retained Intra-Abdominal Surgical Clamp Complicating Emergency Laparotomy: Incidental Finding on Hysterosalpingogram for Evaluation of Tubal Infertility

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, P.O. Box 204, Zaria, Kaduna, Nigeria

Received 29 July 2014; Accepted 15 September 2014; Published 9 November 2014

Academic Editor: Stefan P. Renner

Copyright © 2014 Adebiyi Gbadebo Adesiyun et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The finding of intraperitoneal foreign body complicating surgical intervention broadly remains as an issue of safety in the operative room, a source of emotive concern for the patient, and an upsetting but equally embarrassing situation to the surgeon and the team. However, in the media world, it is a source of sumptuous and captivating headline on the newspaper and to the legal profession, an attractive case to prosecute. A middle age teacher presented with secondary infertility. She had emergency laparotomy fifteen years ago for ruptured tubal ectopic pregnancy in a private hospital and postoperative period was uneventful. Amongst other investigations to find out the cause of infertility, she had hysterosalpingography and a radio-opaque clamp was visualized on the films. She was counselled and had laparotomy. A pair of surgical Kocher clamps was retrieved buried in the mesentery.