Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 2247--2248

Gossypibioma: An unusual complication of an endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy

Nandini Bothra, Kavya Madhuri Bejjanki, Mohammad Javed Ali 
 Govindram Seksaria Institute of Dacryology, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Nandini Bothra
Govindram Seksaria Institute of Dacryology, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad-34, Telangana


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Bothra N, Bejjanki KM, Ali MJ. Gossypibioma: An unusual complication of an endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy.Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:2247-2248

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“Gossypibioma” is a Latin word, “gossypium” meaning cotton and “boma” meaning place of concealment and is used to describe a retained surgical sponge or surgical gauze.[1] It is also referred to as “Textiloma” or “retained foreign object” (RFO). A retained surgical sponge in the nasal cavity is rare, as the nasal cavity is visible to the naked eye. A 67-year-old man presented with a foul-smelling discharge and bleeding from left nostril since 3 months. Past history revealed that a left-sided endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) was performed elsewhere, 3 months ago. On endoscopic evaluation, retained gauze with discharge [Figure 1]a and diffuse granulation tissue in and around it was noted [Figure 1]b. The granulation tissue along with the retained gauze [[Figure 1]b inset] was removed under endoscopic guidance followed by triamcinolone acetate injection into the base of the residual granuloma [Figure 1]c. Postoperatively, nasal steroids and decongesants along with oral antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents were used. After 1 month, repeat endoscopic evaluation revealed a total cicatricial closure of the ostium and synechiae between the septum and the lateral nasal wall along the expected lines in such clinical scenarios [Figure 1]d.{Figure 1}


In an endoscopic DCR, a temporary nasal pack helps in immediate postoperative hemostasis and if used is routinely removed on the first postoperative day.[2] A retained surgical nasal pack is an uncommon complication in endoscopic DCR surgery, which can adversely affect the surgical outcomes as in this case.[3]

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Financial support and sponsorship

Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.


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