Surgical and computed tomographic findings of retained surgical sponges in two dogs following abdominal surgery

20 Jan 2020

Chatzimisios, K., Patsikas, M., Angelou, V., Tragoulia, I., Papazoglou, L. G.

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Two dogs presented with chronic vomiting and an abdominal mass, respectively, for further investigation and treatment. Abdominal ultrasound revealed an intramural intestinal mass with a core of strongly echogenic interfaces surrounded by a rim of soft tissue echogenicity in one of the dogs and a well-demarcated soft tissue echogenicity mass in the other dog. Abdominal CT revealed an intramural intestinal mass with air attenuating centre surrounded by a soft tissue-attenuating rim in one of the dogs and a well-demarcated soft tissue-attenuating mass in the other dog. Abdominal exploration revealed a retained sponge within the intestine of one of the dogs and a sponge that adhered to the jejunum in the other dog. One of the dogs underwent intestinal resection and the other had a mass resection. One of the dogs was euthanatised due to an anastomotic leak and secondary peritonitis, and the other was free of clinical signs of abdominal disease 1 year after surgery.