A retained foreign body mimicking colon cancer

Joseph M. Meyerson, Sabrena Noria, W. Scott Melvin

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Retained foreign bodies can be a challenging diagnosis due to the wide array of presentations and greatly varied range of time to detection. Here we report a case of a retained surgical sponge detected 5 years postoperatively after an extensive workup for colon cancer. This case demonstrates the novel finding of a retained surgical sponge appearing as colon cancer and serves as a reminder that symptoms that cannot be explained by a standard workup, in any patient who has undergone previous surgery, must have retained surgical instruments as a differential diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e220-e221
JournalSurgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • colon cancer
  • fistula
  • foreign body
  • gossypiboma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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