Revista ABCd (São Paulo). 14 May, 2021


Burhan Hakan KANAT
Nizamettin KUTLUER
Mehmet Buğra BOZAN
Nurullah AKSOY
DOI: 10.1590/0102-672020190004e1571


Gossypiboma is used to describe the forgotten cotton/gauze piece in the body after the surgical procedure. It is formed by the combination of the words “gossypium”, a Latin word for cotton, and the word “boma” in Swahili, which means the place of hiding1. Although many different materials have been reported in the literature, cotton materials are among the most forgotten objects. Though there is no consensus, the incidence is given as 0.01-0.001%. Gossypiboma, which is more common after abdominal and pelvic surgery, has also been reported after thoracic surgery, spinal, orthopedic, and breast surgery2,3.

This article aimed to present five gossypiboma cases.

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