ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Transmural Migration of a Retained Sponge Through the Rectum: A Case Report
Orhan Veli Özkan 1, Gürhan Baş 2, Adem Akçakaya 2
1Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey
2Department of 1st General Surgery, Vakıf Gureba Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
DOI : 10.5174/tutfd.2009.01784.1
Pages : 94-95


Retained surgical sponge in the abdomen following abdominal and pelvic surgery is an uncommon condition. Here we present a case of retained surgical sponge with unusual presenting symptoms. A 27-year old female patient presented to our department with a foreign body localized in the anal region. She had a past history of a myomectomy 1 year earlier. Clinical examination and radiographic workout revealaed a sponge migrating towards the rectum. The sponge was removed under visual guidance of rectoscopy without laparotomy. The patient was discharged without complications.

Keywords : Gossypiboma, transmural migration, expulsion per rectum

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