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American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2014, 2(6), 123-125
DOI: 10.12691/ajmcr-2-6-4
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Gossypiboma or Textiloma: A Report of 2 Cases and Strategies for Prevention

M E Aghahowa1, F F Achem2, E O Umobong3 and B A Ojo4,

1Department of Surgery, Asokoro District Hospital, Julius Nyerere Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja, Nigeria

2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fereprod Medical Centre, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria

3HistoConsult Laboratories Garki, Abuja, Nigeria

4Department of Histopathology, College of Health Scienes, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria

Pub. Date: July 08, 2014

Cite this paper:
M E Aghahowa, F F Achem, E O Umobong and B A Ojo. Gossypiboma or Textiloma: A Report of 2 Cases and Strategies for Prevention. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2014; 2(6):123-125. doi: 10.12691/ajmcr-2-6-4


2 cases of Gossypiboma also called Textiloma or Gauzeoma are presented with the attendant management challenges. One of them presented with an intra peritoneal abscess and a fistula necessitating a 2 staged bowel resection and colostomy then closure while the other simulated a complete intra luminal colonic tumor with sub acute intestinal obstruction. Despite the serious medico-legal and psychological issues involved the patients were duly informed. The doctors that did the previous surgeries were also informed. The surgical team is advised to be meticulous with swab counts in order to avoid its occurrence and when it does a high index of suspicion is required for early diagnosis and management. The policy of prevention coupled with use of several adjunct technologies which accounts for sponge use will help to reduce the incidence of gossypibomas. These strategies to avoid its occurrence are also discussed.

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