Turkish Journal of Surgery

Turkish Journal of Surgery

ISSN: 2564-6850
e-ISSN: 2564-7032


Ebru Oran, Gürkan Yetkin, Nurcihan Aygün, Fevzi Celayir, Mehmet Uludağ

Department of General Surgery, Şişli Etfal Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Gossypiboma which cause medico-legal implications is a heritage of previous surgery. In this study, we present two cases of gossypiboma mimicking intraabdominal malignancy. Case 1: A 28-year-old woman presented with an epigastric mass measuring 10 cm in diameter and a history of open cholecystectomy performed three years ago. Radiological exams revealed a cystic mass at the lesser sac and suggested serous cystadenocarcinoma. Case 2: A 36-year-old female patient with a history of two caesarean sections had a mass in the left lower quadrant. Radiological imaging showed tumoral mass near the left ovary. The exact diagnosis of gossypiboma were achieved by laparotomy and pathological examination in both cases. Gossypibomas usually present with nonspecific symptoms and appear many years after surgery. Therefore, its preoperative diagnosis is very difficult. High degree of suspicion is essential and it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of intraabdominal masses in patients who have previously undergone surgery.

Keywords: Intraabdominal mass, foreign body, gossypiboma

Cite this paper as: Oran E, Yetkin G, Aygün N, Celayir F, Uludağ M. Intraabdominal gossypiboma: Report of two cases. Turk J Surg 2018; 34: 77-79.


Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Concept - E.O., G.Y., M.U., F.C.; Design - E.O., F.C.; Supervision - E.O., F.C.; Data Collection and/or Processing - G.Y., N.A.; Analysis and/or Interpretation - N.A., E.O., F.C.; Literature Search - E.O., N.A.; Writing Manuscript - E.O.; Critical Reviews - G.Y., M.U.

Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

Financial Disclosure

The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.