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Radiologia Brasileira

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CHAGAS NETO, Francisco Abaeté das et al. Imaging findings of abdominal gossypibomas. Radiol Bras [online]. 2012, vol.45, n.1, pp.53-58. ISSN 0100-3984.

Gossypiboma is a term utilized to describe a mass developed from a matrix of cotton fibers surrounded by inflammatory granulomatous reaction. Its incidence is estimated at 0.15% to 0.2% of laparotomies. A foreign body within the abdominal cavity may provide a niche for proliferation of microorganisms, acting as primary focus for development of an abscess and peritonitis. Several studies have demonstrated the relevance of clinical correlation with the findings of different imaging methods (conventional radiography, ultrasonography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) in the diagnosis of gossypibomas. The present pictorial essay is aimed at demonstrating a series of typical cases of abdominal gossypibomas and illustrating the several presentations of such mass, with emphasis on the findings at different imaging methods in order to familiarize radiologists with this entity and with the main differential diagnosis.

Palavras-chave : Gossypiboma; Abdominal; Imaging diagnosis.

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