The importance of medico-legal evaluation in a case with intraabdominal gossypiboma

Ulucay T., Dizdar M. G. , SunayYavuz M., Asirdizer M.

FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, vol.198, 2010 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 198
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.01.013
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus


Data concerning the incidence of gossypiboma tend to fluctuate and is difficult to estimate because of a low reporting rate lest medico-legal implication. Gossypiboma is frequently located in the abdominal and pelvic cavities after gynecologic and upper abdominal surgical operations but can also follow thoracic, orthopedic, and urological and neurosurgical procedures. In medical literature, there are few articles about the medico-legal evaluation of gossypiboma although it is typically subjected to a medicolegal process.