Case Report

Delayed post-surgical sepsis from Teflon felt: The diagnostic value of CT scanning, and a reminder for theatre staff

D Emby, A Lancaster
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 15, No 2 | a326 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v15i2.326 | © 2011 D Emby, A Lancaster | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2011 | Published: 31 May 2011

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D Emby, AngloGold Ashanti Health
A Lancaster, AngloGold Ashanti Health, South Africa

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Abstract

We report on 2 patients with surgical site infections following the inadvertent use of Teflon felt for haemostasis in elective and emergency surgery. CT scanning was superior to plain radiography in demonstrating the foreign bodies to enable planning of further surgical treatment.

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Foreign Body; Sepsis; CT scanning; Teflon felt; Implantable haemostatic materails

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