Gauze Trapped Inside Wound

Justin D'Andrea

New Member
I had a large abcess surgically cut open and packed with gauze. As it's been healing I change the packing and dressing everyday. After about 3 weeks I missed a day and let the packing sit in the wound for 48 hours. When I removed the dressing I could no longer see the gauze and it was completely covered with newly grown flesh. I went to the E.R and they insisted that the gauze must have fallen out somehow or I just forgot to put it in as it is impossible for new flesh to grow over the gauze. Now the gauze packing was not very thick and only 3 layers about half an inch thick and 6 inches long. At the E.R they did an X-Ray and insisted that if there was gauze inside the wound the X-Ray would see it. It did not. So at this time they say it is healing normally. Am I nuts and is this really impossible or is my wound healing with gauze inside my body? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
 

Drew bailey

New Member
I had a large abcess surgically cut open and packed with gauze. As it's been healing I change the packing and dressing everyday. After about 3 weeks I missed a day and let the packing sit in the wound for 48 hours. When I removed the dressing I could no longer see the gauze and it was completely covered with newly grown flesh. I went to the E.R and they insisted that the gauze must have fallen out somehow or I just forgot to put it in as it is impossible for new flesh to grow over the gauze. Now the gauze packing was not very thick and only 3 layers about half an inch thick and 6 inches long. At the E.R they did an X-Ray and insisted that if there was gauze inside the wound the X-Ray would see it. It did not. So at this time they say it is healing normally. Am I nuts and is this really impossible or is my wound healing with gauze inside my body? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
It had to have fallen out or you forgot to put it in, I've had my gauze fall out before while packing.
 

Dr Immerman

Very Helpful
Justin - it is possible, but unlikely. More likely is that the gauze stuck to the outer dressing and came out when it was changed. If there is some gauze left inside the wound, it will make itself known very quickly. Most likely, the wound will not heal and will continue to drain until it is removed. If it seems to be healing over nicely, and there is no recurrent painful lump - it's probably gone.

As for the x-ray - it may or may not be visible on a plain x-ray. Most gauze packing does not have a radio-opaque stripe, so it may be hard to see.

But, the bottom line is that if it seems to be healing well and is becoming more comfortable each day, it is doubtful if there is any retained gauze.

Dr I
 

Chrismelder

New Member
Actually I have a wound that's had gauze trapped inside it for the past 9 months. I had an large abcest, on the back of my thigh, drained and packed. Long story short it managed to heal over some of the packing. I had suspected there was still some packing in it but convinced myself that it had all fallen out. For the past 9 months the area about 6" around the healed opening turned rock hard and extremely painful. I just continued on ignoring it the best I could until about a week ago another abcest formed and when it opened tonight I managed to pull about an 8" piece of packing out that had turned bright green. I will be going to the hospital tomorrow to see if there's any more left.
 
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