Türk Nöroşirürji Dergisi 2004 , Vol 14 , Num 3
Foreign Body Mimicking Spinal Tumor: A Case Report
Deniz KONYA, Serdar ÖZGEN, M. Necmettin PAMİR
Marmara Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Nöroşirürji Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul Few case reports of forgotten foreign bodies after surgery exist in the neurosurgery literature. Asixty-year-old female patient, who had been operated on with a diagnosis of T12 compression fracture 20 years ago, was admitted to the hospital with 5-months-long low back pain and difficulty in walking. On the radiological imaging studies, a tumor-like mass located extradurally was seen just below the operation area. She was operated on with a diagnosis of spinal tumor; however the surgery revealed a forgotten sponge during the first operation. On pathological investigation of the tissue specimen no neoplasia was encountered. It has been concluded that a foreign body forgotten during surgery could mimic a tumor clinically and radiologically even after 20 years. Anahtar Kelimeler : Foreign body, spinal tumor, surgical gauze