Gossypiboma is a word derived from two words. In latin "gossypium" means cotton and a Kiswahili word "boma" which means a place of concealment1. The number of cases of gossypiboma reported is actually the tip of the iceberg because many of them are asymptomatic and hence it is said that the gossypiboma is more often an accidental finding than a diagnosis. Usual risk factors for the forgotten gauze is an emergency surgery, a risky surgery, a change in the procedure intraoperatively and in cases of an obese patient. The surgical procedure and the occurrence of the symptoms vary greatly in duration, that there have been reports of gossypiboma even after duration of 40 years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2947-2950
Number of pages4
JournalResearch Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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