Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 41–45 | Cite as

Computed tomography of retained abdominal sponges and towels

  • Jean -Noel Buy
  • Christian Hubert
  • Michel A. Ghossain
  • Luce Malbec
  • Jean -Pierre Bethoux
  • Jean Ecoiffier
Article

Abstract

The diagnosis of retained sponges and towels a year or more after surgery is often very difficult. We describe the computed tomographic (CT) findings in 4 patients with this complication; 2 cases of retained sponges and 2 cases of retained towels. While the CT appearance of the retained sponges was not specific, the particular appearance of the retained towels had not been previously described. This appearance is characteristic enough to suggest the correct diagnosis before reoperation.

Key words

Foreign bodies Sponges, towels Surgery, complications Abdomen. abscess Computed tomography 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean -Noel Buy
    • 1
  • Christian Hubert
    • 1
  • Michel A. Ghossain
    • 1
  • Luce Malbec
    • 1
  • Jean -Pierre Bethoux
    • 2
  • Jean Ecoiffier
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Professeur EcoiffierHotel Dieu de ParisParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryHotel Dieu de ParisParisFrance

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