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S Afr J Surg. 2003 Aug;41(3):73-5.

Surgical swab foreign bodies--observations on 7 cases in Lagos.

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Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, PMB 12003, Lagos.


Foreign bodies inadvertently left in body cavities are a rare complication of abdominal and other surgeries. The true incidence of this condition is not known. The author reports on 7 such cases occurring over a 16-year period and comments on preventive measures, early diagnosis, tactful handling and the need for damage control when dealing with this unwelcome issue in a surgical setting.

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