Calcified reticulate rind sign: A characteristic feature of gossypiboma on computed tomography

Yi Ying Lu, Yun Chung Cheung, Sheung Fat Ko, Shu Hang Ng*

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Abstract

We herein report a gossypiboma resulting from a retained surgical swab, which had been left in peritoneum for 20 years after appendectomy. CT revealed a cystic mass with a calcified reticulate rind. Subsequent surgery and pathological examination showed a gossypiboma. A simple experiment, using a barium-soaked surgical swab demonstrating similar CT appearance, supported our postulation that calcium deposition on the reticulated fibers of a surgical swab could generate such a characteristic "calcified reticulate rind" sign. We believe that identification of this CT sign facilitates the diagnosis of gossypibomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4927-4929
Number of pages3
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume11
Issue number31
DOIs
StatePublished - 21 08 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ct
  • Gossypiboma
  • Retained surgical swab
  • Textiloma

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