May 1996

Gossypiboma of the Abdomen

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif.

Arch Surg. 1996;131(5):566-568. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1996.01430170112022

Intra-abdominal cysts may arise from a variety of organs. However, foreign-body reaction and cyst formation should be considered in the differential diagnosis. In this report, we descibe the finding of a preoperatively undetected gossypiboma. A gossypiboma is a mass within the body that is composed of a cotton matrix; in this case, an unmarked laparotomy sponge. The evaluation, findings, and prevention of gossypiboma are discussed.

(Arch Surg. 1996;131:566-568)