The Retained Surgical Sponge Following Intra-abdominal Surgery: A Continuing Problem

William Rappaport, Kevin Haynes

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Abstract

• The surgical sponge retained following intra-abdominal surgery is a continuing problem. Despite precautions, the incidence of this problem is grossly underestimated. During the past 10 years, we have treated four patients with this problem. The presentation of a retained surgical sponge is highly variable, as is the time before the onset of symptoms. The clinical presentation, predisposing factors, and management are presented as well as guidelines for prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-407
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Surgery
Volume125
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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