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Every surgical operation even very simple may be accompanied by different complications. Leaving of foreign bodies takes an important place, it is difficult to identify their frequency because surgeons do not want to announce that as they are afraid of legal consequences, first of all. A short review of literature, devoted to different aspect of intraoperational leaving of foreign bodies is given. Diagnosis of the presence of which is really hard to define. It is caused by that the clinical picture is of rather uncertain nature. There is no doubt, that ray-tracing method takes a very important place, starting from intraoperational review radiography to positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/ CT). Among the reasons of revealing the foreign bodies may be identified objective and subjective factors, the role of which is uncertain. Two unusual cases of localization of foreign bodies as drainage tubes are described. Thus, one patient of 26 years old had in the small pelvic cavity a drainage tube with a length of more than 15 cm for more than 6 month. The second patient had a drainage in the liver from 1987. For this period of time the patient had tenth of different methods of research. But the foreign body was not diagnosed. The authors highlight an important role of ray-tracing methods of diagnosis of intraoperationally left foreign bodies.


operation; foreign bodies; drainage tubes; abdominal cavity; small pelvis; ray-tracing diagnosis

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