Volume 2008, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • EISSN: 2227-0426


A patient who needed surgery for a strangulated obstruction of small bowel was found to have a pair of artery forceps in the peritoneal cavity following surgery for repair of an abdominal wall hernia twelve months before. The six-inch metallic forceps fractured easily on initial manipulation directly after retrieval. This case demonstrates the easy retention of a small surgical instrument in the abdomen, with the rare and serious complication of bowel strangulation, and the sequel of corrosion of a metallic foreign body in a human.


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