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Gossypiboma Mimicking a Mesenchymal Tumor: A Report of a Rare Case

Unknown ethiology, Challenging differential diagnosis, Unusual or unexpected effect of treatment, Diagnostic / therapeutic accidents, Educational Purpose (only if useful for a systematic review or synthesis)

Huseyin Eken, Mehmet Soyturk, Gurhan Balci, Deniz Firat, Orhan Cimen, Oktay Karakose, Erkan Somuncu

Turkey Department of General Surgery, Erzincan University, Erzincan, Turkey

Am J Case Rep 2016; 17:27-30

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.896717

Available online:

Published: 2016-01-15


BACKGROUND: Gossypiboma is the term for a surgical complication resulting from foreign materials such as a surgical sponge or gauze that was accidentally left inside a patient’s body
CASE REPORT: Here, we report the case of a 62-year-old woman with gossypiboma. She underwent surgery due to an abdominal mass that was preoperatively considered a tumor. Intra-postoperatively, it was diagnosed as gossypiboma.
CONCLUSIONS: For the prevention of gossypiboma during the pre-operative and post-operative periods, counting sponges and surgical equipment must be done very carefully. If there is any doubt postoperatively, direct abdominal imaging may be helpful.

Keywords: Abdominal Neoplasms - diagnosis, Abdomen, Diagnosis, Differential, Foreign Bodies - diagnosis