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A 65 year old gynecologist in Massachusetts was reprimanded by state regulators after he accidentally left a surgical sponge inside a patient during surgery for a hysterectomy even though a nurse told him that a sponge was missing. An operation a week later was done to remove the sponge and a fallopian tube and to drain an abscess. Researchers believe that up to surgeons leave equipment inside at least 1,500 patientsí bodies each year in the US.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Boston Globe
About: Surgeon leaves sponge in patient during hysterectomy
Date: 18 November 2004
Source: The Boston Globe
Author: Scot Allen
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