Gauze found in 80yo Japanese man’s stomach – 30 yrs after doctors forgot it there
The man was sent to the medical facility in Niigata prefecture, supposedly having a tumor in his stomach.
During the operation, the growth was removed, but turned out to be a lump grown over the piece of gauze left in the man’s stomach during another procedure 30 years ago, Yomiuri newspaper reported.
The hospital apologized for the incident.
Surprisingly, it’s not the first time similar mishaps take place at the hospital: last December, a tampon was removed from the hip of a female patient – 27 years after it was left in her leg during an operation.
In 2002, another tampon was found in a male patient’s body after 11 years.
The hospital’s administration intends to keep count of all the tampons and other medical supplies before and after the operation – and conduct X-rays afterward.