Outcome of retained intra-abdominal foreign body managed in a general surgical service in Ibadan: a case series

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Omobolaji O Ayandipo
Oludolapo O Afuwape
Adefemi O Afolabi
Taiwo A Lawal
Oluwabukade T Ojediran
Oluwasanmi A Ajagbe
Philip A Ekhaiyeme
Adegbolahan J Fakoya
Temidayo O Ogundiran


Foreign Body, Retained, Intraabdominal


Retained intra-abdominal foreign bodies are rare and most occur following abdominal or gynaecological surgery. Sponges are the most retained foreign body. The foreign bodies range from surgical instruments, including abdominal pads and gauze to artery forceps; to a pen cap. Retained objects can also be self-inserted.
The authors report a case series on the outcome of retained foreign bodies in the intra-abdominal cavity managed in the general surgery service of the University College Hospital, Ibadan over a 12-year period.

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