Gossypiboma                              Orient Journal of Medicine                                     Vol 33[3-4] Jul-Dec, 2021
ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Gossypiboma Mimicking Intra-abdominal Tumour


Felix E MENKITI1
Emmanuel A OBIESIE2
Igwebuike V ONYIAORAH1
Chidiadi OCHIABUTO3
Pius I S OKAFOR3

1Department of Anatomic Pathology &
Forensic Medicine
2Department of Surgery

Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Nnewi Campus
Anambra state, NIGERIA

3St. Victoria Specialist Hospital,Ekwulobia, Aguata LGA, Anambra State NIGERIA

Author for Correspondence
Dr Felix Emeka MENKITI
Department of Anatomic Pathology &
Forensic Medicine

Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Nnewi Campus
Anambra state, NIGERIA

Phone: +234 816 810 4151
Email­: fe.menkiti@unizik.edu.ng <mailto:fe.menkiti@unizik.edu.ng>

Received: October 11th, 2020
Accepted: November 18th, 2020

DISCLOSURE
Sources of support and Conflicts of interest: None
ABSTRACT

Gossypiboma is a rare, preventable and under-reported pseudo-tumour complication following surgery. It has serious medicolegal consequences. It poses a diagnostic dilemma due to non-specific clinical and radiologic features. We therefore report a case of gossypiboma in a 31-year old woman following a midnight emergency caesarean operation, to highlight the risk in our environment, the implications and the need for a high index of suspicion in postsurgical patients.

Key words:
Avoidable Surgical Complication, Intra-Abdominal Tumour,  Medicolegal, Foreign-body, Under-reported