Socket infection due to retained gauze after evisceration

Yi Sheng Chang, Chung Liang Ho, Sung Huei Tseng

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A 64-year-old man had late-onset socket infection due to retained surgical gauze after evisceration. External examination showed a mass of retained surgical gauze with copious yellowish discharge and gas bubbles. Computed tomography scans showed a 3.2 × 2.4 × 2.4-cm heterogeneous mass and numerous gas bubbles. Culture of the discharge yielded Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus viridans, Peptostreptococcus species, and Fusobacterium species. Surgical debridement and antibiotic therapy achieved a rapid resolution. Retained gauze after evisceration may lead to socket infection, and such a complication should be avoided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-506
Number of pages4
JournalOphthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology

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