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Thoracoscopic-assisted removal of a retained surgical swab following open pericardiectomy in a dog
  1. Charlotte Howes,
  2. Pieter Nelissen and
  3. Jackie Demetriou
  1. Dick White Referrals, Newmarket, UK
  1. Correspondence to Charlotte Howes, ch8067{at}


A nine-year-old labrador retriever presented for routine postoperative thoracic radiographs following open pericardiectomy via median sternotomy. The surgery was performed six weeks previously to treat restrictive pericarditis. The dog had made a good recovery and on presentation had normal vital parameters; however, radiographic examination of the thoracic cavity revealed a retained surgical swab. Thoracoscopic-assisted removal of the retained surgical swab was performed successfully without complication. Thoracoscopy offers a minimally invasive option for exploration of the thoracic cavity and facilitates removal of foreign material with reduced morbidity.

  • Thoracoscopy
  • Gossypiboma
  • Surgical swab
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  • Contributors All authors were involved in conception, design and drafting of the case report. Critical appraisal and revisions were made before the final version was approved by all authors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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