A bizarre abdominal cystic lesion

Giorgia Zucchini, Raffaele Pezzilli, Claudio Ricci, Riccardo Casadei, Donatella Santini, Lucia Calculli, Roberto Corinaldesi

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In spite of careful intraoperative precautions and gauze counts, mistakes can still occur during surgery. In the case reported, a retained gauze leaved during a surgical approach for removing a solid-cystic papillary tumor localized in the pancreatic tail, caused both persistent abdominal discomfort and the presence of an abdominal cystic lesion at imaging techniques. When a previous operative history is present, a foreign body should be taken into account in the differential diagnosis of a patient with an intraabdominal cystic mass. Finally, radio-opaque marker should be routinely used by surgeons in order to reach a correct diagnosis in operated patients having retained gauze.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-481
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the Pancreas
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010


  • Abdominal abscess
  • Abdominal pain
  • Spiral computed
  • Surgical sponges
  • Tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Hepatology


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