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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2012, Article ID 263841, 3 pages
Case Report

Beyond a Gossypiboma

Department of Surgery, Government Medical College, 22, Vijaynagar, Chhaoni, Nagpur 440013, India

Received 28 April 2012; Accepted 10 July 2012

Academic Editors: O. Dalpiaz and C. Feo

Copyright © 2012 Abdul Haque M. Quraishi. 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.


Gossypiboma or a retained surgical sponge is a rare but avoidable surgical complication. It leads to considerable morbidity and at times even mortality. We report a case of a 24-year-old lady who presented one month after a Caesarean operation with complaints of fever, pain in abdomen, and vomiting. After the clinical examination a possibility of a retained surgical sponge was entertained. However a CT scan of abdomen revealed the complete diagnosis and helped in treating the patient surgically with a successful outcome. A review of the literature and all the relevant issues in the management of such a case have been discussed.