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Retained wound protector following abdominal surgery
  1. Noor Ali1 and
  2. Sanjay Gandhi2
  1. 1 Radiology, North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol, UK
  2. 2 Imaging Department, Frenchay Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Noor Ali, noorali{at}


Medical devices which have been erroneously retained postoperatively has been a persisting problem encountered over many decades, despite rigid protocols and preventative measures being put in place. We present a case of a retained wound protector detected on CT following abdominal surgery, the first published report of its kind to our knowledge. Radiologists reporting the images should be familiar with commonly used medical devices. This case also highlights the importance of reviewing the CT scout imaging as an essential part of the study, particularly in the recognition of foreign bodies or medical devices. We re-emphasise the importance of effective and timely communication with the surgical team, should there be any suspicion of retained surgical appliance.

  • radiology
  • gastrointestinal surgery
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  • Contributors NA is the author of the original content of the case report, was responsible in obtaining and formatting images and also responsible for obtaining consent form from patient. SG was the supervising consultant responsible for conception of idea for publication and reviewing and editing final content of the case report.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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