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Abdominal Drains Retrieved Laparoscopically 15 Years Post Laparotomy



Abstract

A retained intra-abdominal foreign body is a common occurrence that is frequently underreported due to its medicolegal implications. Sponges, gauzes, surgical instruments, abdominal drains, etc. have been reported in the literature. The most common presentation for a retained intra-abdominal foreign body is postoperative abdominal infections or bleeding, frequently seen in the immediate postoperative period. Most of these foreign bodies are removed by exploratory laparotomy owing to recent abdominal surgeries or presentation as complicated abdominal masses. Here, we report a case with retained intra-abdominal drains for 15 years with minimal symptoms presenting as an intermittent abdominal pain; the drains were removed using laparoscopic intervention. 



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Abdominal Drains Retrieved Laparoscopically 15 Years Post Laparotomy


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Anant Dinesh

Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

Vishnu R. Mani Corresponding Author

Department of Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, and the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

Aleksandr Kalabin

Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

Irwin C. White-Gittens

Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

Brian Donaldson

Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center


Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.


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  • Author Information
    Anant Dinesh

    Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

    Vishnu R. Mani Corresponding Author

    Department of Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, and the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

    Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

    Aleksandr Kalabin

    Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

    Irwin C. White-Gittens

    Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

    Brian Donaldson

    Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center


    Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

    Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.

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    Article Information

    Published: September 24, 2017

    DOI

    10.7759/cureus.1711

    Cite this article as:

    Dinesh A, Mani V R, Kalabin A, et al. (September 24, 2017) Abdominal Drains Retrieved Laparoscopically 15 Years Post Laparotomy. Cureus 9(9): e1711. doi:10.7759/cureus.1711

    Publication history

    Received by Cureus: September 14, 2017
    Peer review began: September 15, 2017
    Peer review concluded: September 21, 2017
    Published: September 24, 2017

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    Dinesh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0., which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Abstract

A retained intra-abdominal foreign body is a common occurrence that is frequently underreported due to its medicolegal implications. Sponges, gauzes, surgical instruments, abdominal drains, etc. have been reported in the literature. The most common presentation for a retained intra-abdominal foreign body is postoperative abdominal infections or bleeding, frequently seen in the immediate postoperative period. Most of these foreign bodies are removed by exploratory laparotomy owing to recent abdominal surgeries or presentation as complicated abdominal masses. Here, we report a case with retained intra-abdominal drains for 15 years with minimal symptoms presenting as an intermittent abdominal pain; the drains were removed using laparoscopic intervention. 



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Anant Dinesh

Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

Vishnu R. Mani, M.D.

Department of Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, and the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

For correspondence:
mani.montfort@gmail.com

Aleksandr Kalabin

Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

Irwin C. White-Gittens , M.D.

Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

Brian Donaldson

Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

Anant Dinesh

Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

Vishnu R. Mani, M.D.

Department of Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, and the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

For correspondence:
mani.montfort@gmail.com

Aleksandr Kalabin

Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

Irwin C. White-Gittens , M.D.

Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center

Brian Donaldson

Department of General Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center