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Surgical foreign body

Surgical foreign body: Introduction

Any surgical equipment or material inadvertently left inside a person's body following surgery. For example, sponges and scissors used during surgery have been left inside patients bodies. These foreign bodies can result in serious conditions such as infection. An estimated 0.87 patients have a surgical foreign body per 10,000 discharges in the US in 2000. Surgical foreign body cases often lead to litigation against the doctor or hospital. ...more »

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