Transmural Migration of a Retained Sponge Through the Rectum: A Case Report

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Ozkan O. V. , BAS G., Akcakaya A. , ŞAHİN M.

BALKAN MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.28, no.1, pp.94-95, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.5174/tutfd.2009.01784.1
  • Title of Journal : BALKAN MEDICAL JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.94-95


Retained surgical sponge in the abdomen following abdominal and pelvic surgery is an uncommon condition. Here we present a case of retained surgical sponge with unusual presenting symptoms. A 27-year old female patient presented to our department with a foreign body localized in the anal region. She had a past history of a myomectomy 1 year earlier. Clinical examination and radiographic workout revealaed a sponge migrating towards the rectum. The sponge was removed under visual guidance of rectoscopy without laparotomy. The patient was discharged without complications.