Gossypiboma revisited: a case report and review of the literature

J R Coll Surg Edinb. 1998 Dec;43(6):417-8.


Gossypiboma (retained surgical sponge) is a rare but preventable occurrence. In this case it presented as a chronic abdominal mass which simulated a primary small bowel tumour. The findings on pelvic ultrasonography were typical for this condition and the role of plain abdominal radiology in the gynaecological patient are highlighted.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / etiology
  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging
  • Foreign Bodies / etiology*
  • Foreign Bodies / surgery
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Surgical Sponges / adverse effects*
  • Ultrasonography