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Open Access Maced J Med Sci. 2017 Mar 15;5(1):97-100. doi: 10.3889/oamjms.2017.005. Epub 2017 Jan 5.

Retained Surgical Foreign Bodies after Surgery.

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General Hospital of Mitrovica, Department of Surgery, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo.
Department of Abdominal Surgery, University Clinical Centre of Kosovo, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo.


The problem of retained surgical bodies (RSB) after surgery is an issue for surgeons, hospitals and the entire medical team. They have potentially harmful consequences for the patient as they can be life threatening and usually, a further operation is necessary. The incidence of RSB is between 0.3 to 1.0 per 1,000 abdominal operations, and they occur due to a lack of organisation and communication between surgical staff during the process. Typically, the RSB are surgical sponges and instruments located in the abdomen, retroperitoneum and pelvis.


Retained surgical bodies (RSB); foreign bodies; surgical instruments; surgical sponge

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