Indian Journal of Radiology and Imaging Indian Journal of Radiology and Imaging

: 1999  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81--82

Radiological quiz: Abdomen

Kavita Saggar, Rekha Goyal, SC Goyal, Parambir Sandhu, Kushaljit S Sodhi 
 Department of Radiology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, India

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Saggar K, Goyal R, Goyal S C, Sandhu P, Sodhi KS. Radiological quiz: Abdomen.Indian J Radiol Imaging 1999;9:81-82

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A thirty-years-old woman was admitted with the complaint of a discharging sinus in the infra-umbilical region for the last three months. Past medical history was unremarkable except for a history of lower segment Cesarian section three and half months ago.

A sinusogram was performed by injecting ionic contrast through the sinus opening. This was immediately followed by a CT [Figure 1],[Figure 2].

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Retained Surgical Sponge (Textiloma)

An opacified tract was seen in the anterior abdominal wall communicating with a well encapsulated mass in the lower abdomen. The mass showed a heterogeneous pattern with mottled air within.

At laparotomy, a surgical sponge left in place from prior surgery was retrieved from the anterior part of the peritoneal cavity with foul smelling pus. The sinus tract was excised

The radiographic demonstration of foreign bodies in the abdomen, particularly post-operative foreign bodies has been well documented [1],[2]. According to Williams et al . [3], the most common surgically retained foreign body is the laparotomy sponge. The majority of surgically retained foreign bodies lead to complications related to inflammation and infection. Encapsulated abscesses, fecal fistulae, erosion and perforation into adjacent viscera have been reported [1],[2].

Sheward et al . described a case of a gossypiboma resulting in a large abscess with erosion into the lumen of the small bowel at multiple sites [5]. Kopka et al . reported the presence of gas bubbles in textilomas in seven of thirteen patients evaluated with CT. They also evaluated eight samples of surgical sponges placed in a water bath for six months and demonstrated the presence of gas bubbles in all surgical sponges scanned after one hour. The number of gas bubbles was not significantly reduced after six months indicating that the presence of gas bubbles is a specific sign for the detection of textilomas. If present, typical spongiform pattern with gas bubbles is the most specific sign for detection of textilomas [4].


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