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Emergency Presentation of Abdominal Pain with Unusual Etiology

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Abdul Naeem AN, Maria Aziz, Alia Mir, Hamid Sial, Muhammad Mudassir Shafiq, Iram Arshad MAAMHSMMSIA. Emergency Presentation of Abdominal Pain with Unusual Etiology. JRMC [Internet]. 2022 Oct. 25 [cited 2023 Jun. 8];26(2). Available from:


Abdominal pain has vast differentials and routine etiologies are diagnosed easily. Difficulty arises with uncommon presentation. This is a case of 28 years old lady presenting to emergency department of Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi with worsening abdominal pain, vomiting and loose stools over 2 weeks. Routine examination and workup did not help to find any cause. Ultrasound abdomen suspected matted gut loops with enlarged lymph nodes. CECT abdomen confirmed a non-differentiating tissue collection in right iliac fossa. Later diagnosis of complicated gossybioma (retained gauze surrounded by fibrotic tissue with entero-enteric fistula and fecolith in appendix) was confirmed by laparoscopy that was surgically removed. Conclusion: Gossybioma is infrequent but avoidable complication that needs to be considered by surgeon meticulously especially by swab counting, avoiding staff change over during procedure and consideration in follow up visit.
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