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J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2006 Aug;16(4):369-71.

Laparoscopic removal of a retained intra-abdominal ribbon malleable retractor after 14 years.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Harper University Hospital, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan 48201, USA. jwebber@dmc.org

Abstract

We report a case of the laparoscopic removal of a 33 x 5 cm ribbon malleable retractor retained intra-abdominally for 14 years. Plain films revealed a radiopaque object in the midline abdomen consistent with a metallic device. This was a ribbon malleable retractor which was subsequently removed laparoscopically without complication. Laparoscopic surgery should be considered in the removal of foreign bodies from the abdominal cavity.

PMID:
16968184
DOI:
10.1089/lap.2006.16.369
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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