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CASE REPORT
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 153-155

Retained gauze in the abdomen following prior laparotomy


1 Department of Surgery, Bayero University Kano/Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Kano State, Nigeria
2 Department of Surgery, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, Bauchi State, Nigeria

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Dr. Usman Mohammed Bello
Department of Surgery, Bayero University Kano/Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Kano State
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/njbcs.njbcs_13_20

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Retained gauze in the abdomen (Gossypiboma) is a serious complication of abdominal surgery that often leads to medicolegal lawsuits. The most important risk factor is a failure of gauze count before and after laparotomy. Other related factors in order of occurrence include abdominal, gynaecologic, urologic and vascular procedures. We herein present a case of retained gauze following prior laparotomy.


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