International Urology and Nephrology

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 885–888 | Cite as

Asymptomatic retained surgical gauze towel diagnosed 32 years after nephrectomy

  • Ibrahim CevikEmail author
  • Ozdal Dillioglugil
  • Hakan Ozveri
  • Atif Akdas
Urology - Original Paper


Retained surgical gauze is a rare but known problem in patients who have medical history of surgery. Suspicion and evaluation of this rare condition is sometimes very difficult for the clinician because retained surgical sponges can be totally asymptomatic or can hide themselves perfectly in the plain abdominal films. For this reason clinican should excersize high rate of suspicion, should not solely depend upon plain films and should consider more sophisticated examinations like ultrasonography (US) or computerized tomography for the appropriate management of these retained sponges. We present here a very unusual and late presentation of surgically retained gauze which gave a false appearance of a kidney with decreased functional activitity in the excretory urography (EU) 32 years after nephrectomy.


Retained gauze Nephrectomy Complication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ibrahim Cevik
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ozdal Dillioglugil
    • 2
  • Hakan Ozveri
    • 1
  • Atif Akdas
    • 1
  1. 1.URO-TIP Health ServicesIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of UrologyKocaeli University School of MedicineDerince, KocaeliTurkey

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