A Rare Cause of Chronic Cough: Intrathoracic Gossypiboma
Iranian Journal of Radiology: 11 (2); 13933
May 14, 2014
Article Type: Case Report
August 2, 2013
February 8, 2014
D, Kaniye Yilmaz
Y. A Rare Cause of Chronic Cough: Intrathoracic Gossypiboma,
Iran J Radiol.
Online ahead of Print
Intrathoracic gossypiboma, a retained surgical sponge in the thoracic cavity, is a rare but serious complication of thoracic surgeries. A 70-year-old man presented with an eight-month history of cough. He had undergone coronary artery bypass surgery eight years ago. The posteroanterior chest X-ray revealed a well-marginated homogeneous opacity at the left hemithorax with striped appearance in the center. Thoracic CT revealed a pleural-based mass at the left lower lobe with a hyperdense rim. After the diagnosis of gossypiboma, it was removed surgically. Although rare after thoracic surgery, gossypibomas need to be considered in the differential diagnosis in case of respiratory symptoms.
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