Gossypiboma is the official term for a retained surgical sponge. It comes from the Latin word “gossypium” which means cotton and the Swahili word “boma” which means place of concealment. In this case, you can see the lap sponge radio-opaque string over the right lower chest. The patient had undergone chest wall surgery three months prior and was developing a progressive infection around the retained sponge. (reblogged from Medical school tumblr [link])

Image from Radiology.wisc.edu (link)

This is a chest radiograph of a 42 year old man who presents with chest pain

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