When most people experience either gas or bloating, they often think that it has to do with their body’s response to something that they ate that was bad for them. It’s unlikely that they would assume that their abdominal discomfort was related to either a surgical tool or sponge being left in them. In the case of some patients, though, this is what doctors ultimately discover is causing their persistent, nagging abdominal pain.
Back in February, the New England Journal of Medicine published details about one such instance that occurred in Japan. A 42-year-old woman who’d had cesarean sections on two different occasions went to her doctors after she experienced bloating for three years that never seemed to subside.
According to journal article, when the woman’s doctors examined her, they were shocked to find two solid masses close to each of her hip bones. Upon performing a CT scan on her, doctors found that those masses were both hyperdense and stringy.