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Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 265, Issue 2, pp 103–104 | Cite as

Complete migration of retained surgical sponge into ileum without sign of open intestinal wall

  • C. S. Silva
  • M. R. Caetano
  • E. A. W. Silva
  • L. Falco
  • E. F. C. Murta
Case Report

Abstract 

A 24-year-old woman came to the emergency room with a history of diffuse abdominal pain in the form of colic, nausea, vomiting and intestinal constipation. Clinical and ultrasound findings suggested intestinal obstruction due to foreign body. She had been submitted to a cesarean section 4 months previously at another hospital. At laparotomy, a ileum loop was found to be distended by an inside large and hardened mass with another intestinal loops and omentum density adherent. An ileotomy was performed on the compromised segment with terminating anastomosis. When opened surgical specimen it was observed an intraluminal surgical sponge that had completely migrated into the interior of the ileum and stopped next to ileumcecal valve. No fistulas or open intestinal wall were observed.

Keyword Foreign body Intestinal obstruction Cesarean section Spontaneous closure of intestinal wall 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. S. Silva
    • 1
  • M. R. Caetano
    • 1
  • E. A. W. Silva
    • 1
  • L. Falco
    • 1
  • E. F. C. Murta
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine of ”Triângulo Mineiro”, Discipline of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Av. Getúlio Guaritá, s/n Bairro Abadia, 38025-440 Uberaba, MG, Brazil e-mail: eddiemurta@mednet.com.br Tel.: 55-34 3318 5326, Fax: 55-34 3318 5342BR

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