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July - December 2021
Volume 18 | Issue 2

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REVIEW ARTICLES


 
 
 

Talon Cusps- A Review of Literature

Karthik Shunmugavelu

Background: A talon cusp is an accessory cusp-like dental anomaly that projects from the cingulum or cementoenamel junction to the incisal edge of the maxillary or mandibular anterior teeth in both primary and permanent dentition. A significant genetic impact has been proposed by the presence of talon cusp in immediate family members. Talon cusp affects both sexes and can be unilateral or bilateral in primary and permanent incisors. Males have a greater level of incidence than females. Hattab and colleagues suggested a classification scheme for these irregular cusps based on their degree of development and extension: type I, type II, type III. There have been many reported clinical cases of predominantly facial talon cusps, 75 % of which were found in permanent dentition. A talon cusp occurs radiographically as a “V”-shaped radiopaque structure. A radiopaque "V"-shaped form is superimposed on a regular picture of a tooth's crown. Depending on the individual appearance and complexities, talon cusp management may be traditional or progressive. Since small talon cusps are asymptomatic, there is no need for therapy. Objective: The purpose of this article is to give a comprehensive knowledge on talon cusps for etiology, prevalence, clinical features and management based on recent literature. Conclusion: Talon cusp is a serious dental anomaly, since it can make diagnosis and recovery preparation difficult for clinicians. The scale, presenting problems, and patient cooperation both affect how talon cusp is handled and treated.

Keywords: Talon Cusps, Aetiology, Features, Treatment

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Knowledge and Awareness of ocular problems associated with the use of eyelash extensions among female undergraduates

Ebeigbe JA, Onoabhagbe SI

Background: Eyelash extensions are used to enhance the length, curliness, fullness and thickness of the natural eyelashes. The use of eyelash extensions is a common cosmetic practice among young women. This involves attaching synthetic eyelashes by means of an adhesive to the eyelashes.

Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the awareness and knowledge of female undergraduates of the University of Benin on the possible dangers of use of eyelash extensions.

Method: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study using questionnaires. Study population comprised female undergraduates in the University of Benin. A structured questionnaire assessing demographic variables, knowledge of eyelash extensions, usage as well as awareness of ocular complications was distributed among 2057 females aged 16-35 years with a mean age of 20 (±2.1 SD) years. Data obtained from the participants was processed using the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) version 22.0 and presented in percentages and tables.

Results: We found that 99.76% (n=2052) of respondents were knowledgeable about eyelash extensions. Over two-thirds of the respondents had fixed eyelash extensions (67.77%). Cosmesis/beauty was the most common reason for fixing eyelash extensions (65.42%, n=912). About seventy-one percent (70.73%) of those who had fixed eyelash extensions knew about some complications from the use of eyelash extensions. The most common complication experienced was itching (62.7%). Social event outings were the major reason given why over two-thirds of respondents fixed eyelash extensions (69.80%, n=973),

Conclusion: Eyelash extensions has become a very popular procedure especially among young female students of higher institutions and may cause ocular problems. Adequate attention should be paid to the potential ocular health risks of the procedure and those who want to undergo this procedure, should be enlightened.

Key words: Eyelash, cosmesis, complications, eyecare, extensions

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Comparative Study of the Cervical Cytopathological Changes Among Intrauterine Device and Injectable Contraceptive Users at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano

Ibrahim JM, Ahmed ZD, Atanda TA, Rabiu A.

 

Background:The intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) is a commonly used method of birth control that requires minimal skill and does not interfere with fertility once removed. It has been reported to produce inflammation and cervical cytopathology which can result in premalignant changes.

Objective: To determine the cytopathological changes among copper-containing IUCD and injectable contraceptive users at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

Method: This was a comparative cross-sectional study, of two groups of 140 consenting women using the copper T IUCD and another 140 using the injectable contraceptive who came for follow-up after four weeks of insertion at the family planning clinic over a period of 10 weeks. A structured questionnaire was administered and information on socio-demographic data and contraceptive behaviour were obtained. A Pap smear was taken from the two groups and reported according to the Bethesda system.

Results: A negative smear with inflammation was found among 60(43.5%) women using the IUCD, compared to 31(22.8%) using the injectable contraceptive. Also, negative smear without inflammation was found in 76(55.1%) of the women on IUCD compared with 105(77.2%) on injectable contraceptives (p-value 0.012). Only 2(1.5%) of the women on the IUCD had low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, but none in the other group. Parity and duration of use for each of the methods had no statistically significant association with cytological findings in each of the groups (p-value 0.533 and 0.495 for parity and duration respectively). However, marital status had a statistically significant association with inflammatory changes (p-value< 0.001).

Conclusion: There were more inflammatory cytological changes among women using IUCD compared with those using the injectables.

Keywords: cervical cytopathology, intrauterine device, injectable contraceptives, comparative study

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Gestational Gigantomastia: Report of a Rare Case and Literature Review

Abdullahi YM,1 Zarami AB, 1 Lawan AI,1 Guduf MI,2 Farouk HU,3 Pindiga UH

 

Background: Gestational gigantomastia is a rare disorder with unknown aetiology. It commonly occurs during the first and early second trimesters and mostly affects women during their second and third decades of life. The disease has been reported to be more common among Caucasians than Blacks and involves both breasts in 92% of cases. There are no standard treatment protocols for the disease, however, both medical use of bromocriptine and simple mastectomy have been applied.

Case summary: We present a case of 32-year-old un-booked female, G8P7+0, 7 alive, who presented with bilateral breast enlargement with ulceration at 25 weeks’ gestation. The diagnosis was confirmed by tissue biopsy and simple mastectomy was done and the pregnancy was allowed to continue to term. Conclusion: This case report describes the first case of gestational gigantomastia in our environment and the seventh case reported in Africa to increase our awareness on how to diagnose and rule out other causes of bilateral massively enlarged breasts during pregnancy and the treatment options for this distressing clinical condition.

Keywords: Breast, Bilateral, Gestational gigantomasti

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Sonographic Determination of Common and Internal Carotid Intima Media Thickness in Normal Adult Population in Northeastern Nigeria

Magaji OG1 , Annongu IT2 , Chia DM2 , Hameed M2 , Farate A3 , Angbalaga A1 , Bulus PU1

Background: Ear diseases and their associated problems are common presentations in clinics worldwide, but are seen more in developing countries. They are causes of morbidity and frequent hospital visits, thereby consuming many man-hours. There is limited literature regarding the burden of ear diseases among Africans, and Nigerians in particular. The advent of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have immensely changed the management pathway of hearing impairments, particularly in the developing world. CT has been shown to be useful for demonstrating the detailed anatomy and pathology of the temporal bone and its surrounding tissues.

Objective: This study aims to determine the clinical presentations and CT pattern of hearing impairments among patients that were referred for CT in the Radiology Department of an ENT hospital in Kaduna, Nigeria.

Method: The study is a twenty-four months’ hospital-based retrospective study at the Radiology Department of the National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna which is a mono-specialty referral centre for ear, nose and throat pathologies. CT of the petro-mastoid region was done for 117 patients as a result of hearing impairment. A retrospective analysis of request cards, duplicate copy of radiology reports, soft copy of their CT images and patients’ folders were considered. All patients with history of hearing loss from other causes were included.

Results: A total of 117 patients were recruited for this study, with a female preponderance. The most frequently affected age group were those within the 3rd decade of life. Ear discharge was the most frequent presenting complaint and mastoid opacification constituted the highest frequency of occurrence on CT followed by mastoid wall scleroses, but 5.9% of the CT images were normal.

Conclusion: CT findings, along with the clinical examination is a powerful diagnostic tool in the diagnosis of hearing loss and also provides sufficient information to the ENT surgeon regarding the extent of disease process, complications, and anatomical variants which may influence management.
Key words: clinical, computed tomography pattern, hearing loss

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Adherence to Haemodialysis Among Chronic Renal Failure Patients of a Tertiary Health Facility, Benin City, Edo State

Ehwarieme Timothy A 1 and Awhim Blessing 2

Background: The prevalence of chronic renal failure (CRF) is becoming alarming among patients which necessitates management with dialysis. Objective: This study assessed the level of adherence to haemodialysis among chronic renal failure patients.

Method: A descriptive cross-sectional survey design was adopted in a sample size of 200 patients attending a nephrology unit in a tertiary hospital in Benin using a standardized instrument (ESRD-AQ) and a convenience sampling technique. Data obtained was analysed using descriptive statistics while hypotheses were tested using Chi-square and multiple logistics regression at 5% significant level.

Result: Majority 167(83.5%) have a poor level of knowledge, 147(73.5%) have a poor level of adherence. Financial constraints, lack of transportation, forgetfulness, and long waiting times were factors affecting adherence. Multiple logistics regression shows that respondents 18 – 30years are nine times (O.R. = 9.23; C.I. = 0.94-90.92) more likely to adhere than those who are greater than 60years, Males are 12% (O.R. = 0.88; C.I. = 0.40-1.90) less likely to adhere than females. Married patients are twice (O.R. = 2.40; C.I. = 0.65-6.39) more likely to adhere than those who are not, while respondents who are not educated are less (O.R. = 0.80; C.I. = 0.19-3.49) likely to adhere than those with college/university certificate.

Conclusion: participants in this study had low level of knowledge as well as low adherence. There is a need for a structured teaching/awareness programme on the importance of adherence to dialysis to motivate individuals who have CRF and improve adherence thereby reducing suffering and improving quality of life. Keywords: Adherence, Knowledge, Haemodialysis, Perceived factors, Chronic renal failure

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Impact of Dietary Acid Load on Pancreatic β-cells Function and Insulin Resistance in Type 2 Diabetic Nigerians



Abdullahi Mohammed1 , Aliyu G. Ganiyu2

Background: The possible impact of high intake of dietary acid on pancreatic β-cells dysfunction and insulin resistance in type 2 diabetic patients has been suggested from previous studies; but findings across different study groups are conflicting. Objective: To determine the impact of dietary acid load on pancreatic β-cell dysfunction and insulin resistance in a group of patients with uncomplicated type 2 diabetes mellitus

. Method: Study subjects were categorized in to four quartiles according to their dietary acid intake. Assessment of dietary intake was done using a food frequency questionnaire and the Nigerian Food Composition Table. Acid forming potential of our local diets were estimated as Potential Renal Acid Load (PRAL) scores. Pancreatic β-cell function and insulin resistance were estimated as HOMA-β and HOMA-IR respectively. Results: Degree of pancreatic β-cells function was observed to be significantly lower in subjects in the highest quartile of the PRAL score (p for trend < 0.05). There was a statistically significant trend with higher intake of dietary acid associated with increased degree of insulin resistance (p for trend< 0.05). Dietary acid load was found to be a significant predictor of pancreatic β-cells dysfunction among the study subjects.

Conclusion: Among subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus in this study, consumption of a diet loaded with high acid forming potential food items was associated with greater insulin resistance and lower insulin secretion ability. High intake of dietary acid might be an additive mechanism contributing to deterioration of glycemic control in type 2 diabetic patients in our setting.

Keywords: Dietary acid; Diabetes mellitus; Pancreatic β-cell functio

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Validity of exploring a head-injured patient with a unilateral fixed dilated pupil: A case report

Usman B1 , Dodo M.M 2

Background: Globally, head injury is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among the young productive age group. Expanding Extradural haematoma is potentially a life-threatening condition, and could leave a surviving patient with a life-long disability. Usually, the clinical diagnoses supported by skull X-ray showing fracture are confirmed with Computed Tomography Scan (CT Scan) when available. When CT Scan is not available but all evidence is pointing towards an Extra Dural Haematoma, can one still go ahead with the Exploration?

Case Summary: We present a 27-year-old man with a 21-hour history of Motor Vehicle Accident, loss of consciousness, Lucid interval and right hemiparesis. No seizure or vomiting. Other systems were essentially normal. His Glasgow Coma Scale score was 10/15 (EO=2, BVR=3, BMR=5). He had Left-Sided Fixed Dilated Pupil (FDP). Skull X-ray revealed a left-sided comminuted fracture involving the temporal, parietal, and occipital bones. CT Scan was not available (non-functional at the time). Based on the clinical diagnoses supported by the fracture on the skull X-ray, he had an urgent Exploratory burr hole where Extra Dura Haematoma was found and evacuated. The postoperative period was uneventful.

Conclusions: The availability and functionality of CT Scans are still a problem in Low and Medium Income countries. Therefore, an Exploratory burr hole to diagnose an intracranial haematoma and its evacuation may be valid.

Key words: Head injury, Extradural Haematoma, Dilated pupil, Exploratory Burr hole.

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Cutaneous metastasis as an initial presentation of prostate cancer: A case of long-term survival without a definitive treatment

Kefas Mari Mbaya1 , Abubakar Farate2 , Hassan Mohammed Dogo3 , Abba Bukar Zarami4 , Chubado Tahir1

Background: Carcinoma of the prostate is the most common cancer in Nigerian men but skin metastasis is infrequently encountered. Cutaneous metastasis is associated with poor prognosis and most patients rarely survive for more than one year from the time of appearance of skin lesion.

Case summary: We report a case of an 80-year-old man who presented with a history of recurrent nodular lesion of the right thigh for five years which later became ulcerated. The skin lesion was treated with wide local excision and split-thickness skin grafting. The patient refused bilateral orchidectomy; he was then treated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). The skin graft healed well after one month of surgery. Unfortunately, the patient died six months after the commencement of treatment from lung and liver metastases.

Keywords: Prostate cancer, Cutaneous metastasis, Long-term survival, Skin graft

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Haematological Parameters Among Obese and Non-Obese Individuals in Sapele, Southern Nigeria

Kingsley Chukwuka Amaihunwa1 , Emmanuel Asuquo Etim2 , Everista Odaburhine Osime3 , Zacchaeus Awortu Jeremiah4

Background: Obesity is a medical condition that is characterized by excess adipose tissue deposition and inflammatory state that result in poor health and changes in haematological parameters. Objectives: This study aims to evaluate pattern of changes in hematological parameters among obese and non-obese individuals in Sapele, Nigeria.

Method: This study was carried out at Central Hospital, Sapele, General Hospital, Oghara and Biomed Diagnostic Centre, Sapele in Southern Nigeria. 415 subjects with ages between 18 and 65years were enrolled for this study including 312 obese experimental subjects (comprising of 111 males and 201 females) and 103 non-obese normal control subjects (comprising 40 males and 63 females). 5.0mls of venous blood was collected from all subjects into EDTA container and Full Blood Count was determined using Sysmex XN330 automated haematology analyzer.

Result: Packed Cell Volume of the obese and non-obese individuals were 39.52±3.80% and 39.55±0.55% while obese and non-obese persons had total white blood cell count of 6.38±0.54 X109/L and 5.94±0.28X109/L respectively. Monocyte count of obese and non-obese individuals was 6.40±0.23X109/L and 5.14±0.18X109/L while Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) of obese and non-obese people was 1.57±0.21 and 1.18±0.05 respectively.

Conclusion: People with obesity had significantly higher values of monocyte count and NLR when compared to non-obese individuals while there was no significant difference in measured hematological parameters among obese and non-obese people in Sapele Southern Nigeria.

Keywords: Hematological, Parameters; Obesity, Sapel

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A Review of Arrow Shot Injuries to the Head and Neck in Northeastern Nigeria

Abubakar Adamu1 , Hamman Ibrahim Garandawa1 , Ahmed Mohammed Nuhu2 , Abubakar Farate5 , Aliyu Mohammed Kodiya1 , Ajiya Abdulrazaq3 , Ibrahim Kayode Suleiman4 , Amina Abdullahi Muhammad1

Background: Arrow shot injuries remained rampant in developing countries. Involvement of the head and neck region is not uncommon and poses a significant management challenge due to the presence of so many vital structures within a relatively small anatomic region.

Objective: To review the pattern of arrow shot injuries to the head and neck region that presented to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) in Northeastern Nigeria. Method: This is a retrospective review of patients who presented with arrow shot injuries involving the head and neck region, to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria between January 2009 and December 2019.

Result: All the thirty patients studied were males. The mean age was 32.2±SD14.4 (range 8-60 years), the peak age group affected was 11-20 years. The majority (83.4%) are 40 years and below. The main reasons for the attacks were terrorism due to Boko haram (40%), cattle rustling (30%), and herdsmen/farmers clashes (20%). Affected sites were the neck (46.7%), the orbit (20%), and the nose (10%). Patient had wound exploration and arrow extraction, debridement, evisceration of the globe, fronto-ethmoidectomy, medial maxillectomy, and vascular repair as the case may be.

Conclusion: Arrow shot injuries still exist in our society and may involve the head and neck region leading to significant management challenges. Priority should be given to adequate resuscitation and airway management especially in unstable patients. Appropriate and timely intervention is necessary for a good outcome.

Key words: Arrow shot, head and neck region, Boko haram, penetrating neck injury

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Audit of Antenatal Investigation Results of Patients in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital: A Two-Year Review

Murtala Yusuf, 1,2 Aisha Aminu Sharif1

Background: Antenatal screening forms an indispensable part of effective antenatal care and it helps to reduce maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality.

Objectives: This audit aimed to identify how the study center complies with the antenatal investigations standards as recommended by WHO and NICE guidelines

. Method: The study was a 2-year retrospective study of antenatal investigation results of women who attended antenatal care in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. Data was collected through a review of the women’s antenatal cards and compared with the standard criteria from WHO 2016 recommendation on antenatal care and NICE 2008 Guideline on antenatal care. The study period was from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2019.

Results: Majority of the women, 86.7% had PCV of more than 30%, 77.5% had hemoglobin genotype AA and 48.7% had O+ blood groups. Also, 5.3% of the women were Rhesus negative. Majority of those screened for gestational diabetes mellitus, 82.1% had normal oral glucose tolerance test. The seroprevalence for HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis was found to be 5.6%, 14.7% and 1.1% respectively. Most of the patients (97.1%) had an ultrasound scan done at booking but only 50.3% had it done before 24 weeks of gestation with 99.5% being normal.

Conclusion: Although most of the antenatal investigations recommended by WHO and NICE guidelines are done in the hospital, it still falls short of the required level from the standards and as such, the centre did not fully comply with the standards of WHO and NICE guidelines. There is therefore need for improvement in order to comply with the standards which will subsequently have an impact on maternal and perinatal health statistics

Keywords: Audit, Antenatal, investigation

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Pattern of Presentation and Management of Male Urethral Strictures in A Resource-Limited Community: Challenges and Outcome

BM Abubakar, UM Tela, MJ Isah, AS Muhammad4 , HM Dogo, AG Ibrahim2 , UH Malgwi

Background: Urethral stricture is an unnatural narrowing or loss of urethral compliance due to spongiofibrosis that leads to bladder outflow obstruction. Its management is still a great challenge in our region.

Objectives: To share our experience about urethral strictures managed in a rural tertiary health center in Nigeria. Method: Retrospective study of urethral strictures managed over 5-year period at a tertiary health center in Nigeria. Only Patients that had surgical procedures for urethral stricture with at least one post-op follow-up were included. Age, stricture characteristics, and treatment outcome were analyzed.

Results: Only 74 out of 91 patients have complete records, hence selected and studied. Their mean age was 49.66yr (±19.41), the principal symptom was a weak urinary stream (86.49%), with acute urine retention in 56.76%. Suprapubic cystostomy was done in 77.03%. The strictures were post-inflammatory (60.81%), Post-traumatic (27.03%) and recurrent (10.81%). The strictures were predominantly bulbar (55.41%). The median duration of symptoms to the time of presentation was 135days. Majority (55.41%) had anastomotic urethroplasty. Post-op complications were seen in 43.24%. Most patients (77.03%) had no significant lower urinary tract symptoms at a median (interquartile range) of 58days (37 to 135) postoperative period. There was a significant improvement in median international prostate symptom score at 6 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year after surgery compared to pre-operative symptoms.

Conclusion: Financial constraints, inadequate facilities and specialists are the major challenges. Increased patients’ health awareness, universal (free or subsidized) healthcare coverage may help in alleviating some of the challenges.

Keywords: urethral stricture, lower urinary tract symptoms, international prostate symptoms score, acute urine retentio

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January - June 2021
Volume 18 | Issue 1

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Prevalence, Knowledge, and factors affecting the care of Diabetes mellitus among adults in Egor L.G.A, Edo State, Nigeria

Otaniyenuwa Obarisiagbon, Andrew Obi

Background: Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a disorder of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism characterized by high blood glucose levels, which could be a result of relative lack of, or insensitivity to insulin or both.

Objective: To assess the prevalence, knowledge, risk factors and factors affecting the care of Diabetes mellitus among adults in Egor Local Government Area (LGA), Edo State.

Methodology: This descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out among 400 adults using a multi-stage sampling technique. Pre-tested interviewer-administered questionnaires were tools for data collection. Data were analyzed with IBM SPSS version 20.0 software. Bivariate analysis was done using the Chi-squared test. The level of significance was set at p-value<0.05

Results: The mean age of the respondents was 43(±14.5). Knowledge of DM was poor in 152 (53.9%),73 (25.9%) respondents had fair knowledge while 57 (20.2%) respondents had good knowledge of Diabetes Mellitus (DM). Consumption of diet high in carbohydrate 272 (68.0%) and low level of physical activity 239 (58.0%) were identified as the major risk factors in this study. The prevalence of Diabetes was 4.0%. The high cost of treatment 35 (46.7%) and poor adherence to medication 7 (9.3%) were the major factors affecting the care of DM.

Conclusion: The knowledge of Diabetes among the respondents was poor and the prevalence of Diabetes among respondents was 4.0%. Community-based health education on diabetes mellitus is required to help improve knowledge of Diabetes.
Keywords: Diabetes, Prevalence, Knowledge, Risk Factors, Care

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Management Pattern of Epistaxis in Sokoto, Nigeria

Adeyeye FM, Iseh KR, Aliyu D

Background: Epistaxis is a life threatening otorhinolaryngological emergency presenting as acute or chronic recurrent bleeds.

Objectives: The study was designed to evaluate the treatment modality used in managing patients with epistaxis in Sokoto.

Methods: It was a prospective hospital-based study involving 135 patients presenting with epistaxis to Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH). Information on treatment received, blood transfusion, hospital admission and length of hospital-stay were obtained.

Results: A total of 133 (98.5 %) patients were managed non-surgically, while 2 (1.5 %) patients received surgical intervention. Of those who received non-surgical treatment; 60 (44.4%) had anterior nasal packing, while 27 (20.0%) had endoscopic cauterization. Out of this, 25 (18.5%) had endoscopic chemical cauterization for bleeding in the Little`s area, retrocolumellar and septum, whereas 2 (1.5%) had bipolar cauterization for bleeding on the Woodruff`s plexus. Twenty (14.8%) patients had both anterior and posterior nasal packing, 15 (11.1%) had combined nasal pinching and ice pack, while 11 (8.2%) had posterior nasal packing only. Two (1.5%) patients had ligation of the internal maxillary artery (surgical intervention).Of all the patients presented, 22 (16.3%) required blood transfusion during their management and 43 (31.9 %) needed admission. The duration of hospital-stay ranged from 1 to 9 days with a mean of 5.7 ± 1.9 days.

Conclusion: Non-surgical intervention is the most common modality used in managing epistaxis in the study centre, with anterior nasal packing as the major method employed. In addition, some patients required blood transfusion and hospital admission.
Keywords: Epistaxis, Nasal packing, Blood transfusion, Hospital-stay

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Patterns of Unnatural Deaths during Insurgency in Maiduguri, Borno State, North-Eastern Nigeria: A Ten-Year Retrospective Review

AB Zarami, A Kabir, SS El-Buba, UH Pindiga

Background: Unnatural death refers to premature death against the course of nature which results from homicides, accidents and suicides. The prevalence is rising worldwide and is considered one of the commonest causes of mortality. Among all the unnatural deaths in the western world, fire-arm death constitutes most of the cases and accounting for 4.43 deaths per 100,000 annually. In Nigeria, there is a paucity of data on unnatural deaths despite the rising incidence of deaths due to insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, political and ethnic crises, that prompted the need for this study.

Method: The study was a hospital-based, ten-year retrospective survey. Non-probability purposive sampling method was used from three selected hospitals in Borno State. All cases of unnatural deaths from the mortuary logbooks from 2009-2018 available were recorded along with the deceased demography. The results were analyzed using Microsoft Excel, 2010 and were displayed in a frequency table, bar charts and pie chart.

Results: There were 1,029(4.9%) cases of unnatural deaths during the study period (2009-2018). The unnatural death frequency peaked in 2014 with 260 (25%) cases. Gunshot death was the commonest and accounted for 387 (38%) cases. Road traffic accident and bomb blast were 2nd and 3rd with 291 (28%) and 196 (19%) cases respectively. Males were more affected than females by a ratio of 4:1. The age ranges were between 3 to 75 years. The commonest age group involved was 21-30 (34%) years. Most of the unnatural deaths occurred in urban [715 (69%)] than rural areas [(314 (31%)] cases respectively.

Conclusion: The study has highlighted an increased incidence of unnatural deaths in Borno state due to insurgency with gunshot fatality being the commonest cause of death. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of unnatural deaths during the civil unrest in Borno state. We suggest a community-based study to effectively plan for mitigation and prevention of unnatural death in Nigeria.
Keywords: Unnatural, Death, Insurgency, Borno State.

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Maternal Characteristics and Immunization Status of Children Among Rural Ihotu Women Cooperative Society at Eke, Okpokwu Local Government Area, Benue State, Nigeria

Ogbeyi Ofikwu Gabriel, Jenewari Atiye Joseph, Abah John Paul, Rimamnunra Grace, Ogbeyi Aba Francis

Background: Nigeria is one of the countries that have the least routine immunization coverage in the world. Morbidity and mortality caused by vaccine preventable diseases are very high in Nigeria. Immunization could be routine or supplemental campaigns. Routine immunization refers to the nationally scheduled regular administration of vaccine dosages to infants at specified ages. Children are usually taken to the health facility by their parents or care givers to receive age-appropriate doses of antigens.

Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess maternal characteristics such as knowledge, perception and practice and the immunization status of their children 0 to 5 years.

Methods: This was a cross- sectional study of rural cooperative women who had an index child of less than five years and were eligible. The 252 respondents were selected using computer generated numbers. A questionnaire was used to collect information on demography, knowledge, perception and practice of immunization.

Results: The mean age of the respondents was 27.98±6.45 and over 59% of the children were between 0-6 months. Over 86% had formal education, 96.0% were aware of routine immunization and 94.0% believed vaccines could prevent diseases. Eight-five percent took their children for immunization and 92.0% immunized their children at appropriate age. Awareness of routine immunization and took child for immunization all had statistically significant association with mothers’ education (p=0.05).

Conclusion: Routine immunization coverage in Nigeria is low. The results of this study had shown that mothers in Nigeria had improved in taking their children for immunization. This indicated that immunization uptake had also improved compared to previous reports.
Keywords: Children, diseases, education, immunization, prevention, Nigeria

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Pattern of Computerize Tomography Findings in Hearing Loss: A Two Year Retrospective review

Baduku TS, Sheyin J, Isa FB

Background: Ear diseases and their associated problems are common presentations in clinics worldwide, but are seen more in developing countries. They are causes of morbidity and frequent hospital visits, thereby consuming many man-hours. There is limited literature regarding the burden of ear diseases among Africans, and Nigerians in particular. The advent of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have immensely changed the management pathway of hearing impairments, particularly in the developing world. CT has been shown to be useful for demonstrating the detailed anatomy and pathology of the temporal bone and its surrounding tissues.

Objective: This study aims to determine the clinical presentations and CT pattern of hearing impairments among patients that were referred for CT in the Radiology Department of an ENT hospital in Kaduna, Nigeria.

Method: The study is a twenty-four months’ hospital-based retrospective study at the Radiology Department of the National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna which is a mono-specialty referral centre for ear, nose and throat pathologies. CT of the petro-mastoid region was done for 117 patients as a result of hearing impairment. A retrospective analysis of request cards, duplicate copy of radiology reports, soft copy of their CT images and patients’ folders were considered. All patients with history of hearing loss from other causes were included.

Results: A total of 117 patients were recruited for this study, with a female preponderance. The most frequently affected age group were those within the 3rd decade of life. Ear discharge was the most frequent presenting complaint and mastoid opacification constituted the highest frequency of occurrence on CT followed by mastoid wall scleroses, but 5.9% of the CT images were normal.

Conclusion: CT findings, along with the clinical examination is a powerful diagnostic tool in the diagnosis of hearing loss and also provides sufficient information to the ENT surgeon regarding the extent of disease process, complications, and anatomical variants which may influence management.
Key words: clinical, computed tomography pattern, hearing loss

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Predictors of splenic size in children with Sickle Cell Anaemia in Steady-state using ultrasonography in Maiduguri, Nigeria

Ibrahim HU, Farouk AG, Ahmadu MS, Usman AU, Mala MB, Ibrahim BA

Background: North-eastern Nigeria has the second-highest regional prevalence of sickle cell gene in the country after the South-west. This high prevalence has been believed to be sustained by the high rates of consanguineous marriages and intermarriages between the ethnic group in this region particularly the Kanuris and Shuwa Arabs. The dearth of data on splenic sizes among these patients living in this malaria-endemic sub-region. Narrative reports from the African region in general, have suggested that splenomegaly tends to persist to a comparatively much older age in these patients, attributed to the effect of recurrent malaria infection and/or hyperactive malarial splenomegaly syndrome.

Objectives: This study was aimed to determine the sizes of the spleen in children with homozygous sickle cell disease using ultrasonography and the variations that occur in advancing age, and to compare it with foetal haemoglobin levels (HbF).

Methods: Children with homozygous sickle cell disease aged 5-15 years, attending the Paediatric Haematology clinic of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) were consecutively selected over six months. Demographic data, clinical details of previous crises and transfusions were recorded and had their foetal haemoglobin (HbF) quantified for all the subjects with the use of the Betke method of Alkali denaturation. Splenic sizes were determined using an ultrasound scanner (Aloka SSD 3500, Japan) with a 3.5 MHz sector transducer and ultrasound gel was used to optimize the image. A slightly lateral decubitus position during deep inspiration was used to expose the area of interest appropriately. Longitudinal size measurement was taken in the oblique plane between the most superior medial and the most inferior lateral borders of the spleen and the coronal size were determined along with the eleventh intercostal space. Values obtained was correlated with the height, a standard in assessing the longitudinal dimension of the spleen.

Results: A hundred and twenty children with SCA in steady-state were evaluated, comprising 59 boys and 61 girls. Their ages ranged from 5-15 years, with a mean of 10.1 ± 3.5 years. Autosplenectomy was seen in 12 (10%) of our patients who were seven years and above while seven (5.83%) had splenomegaly. The mean HbF of the total population studied was low 6.2% ± 0.98 and the difference in the mean HbF level of patients with autosplenectomy (6.6% ± 0.96) compared to those with splenomegaly (6.1% ± 0.54) was not statistically significant (p-value = 0.28)

Conclusion: The Foetal haemoglobin level was not significantly related to the presence or absence of splenomegaly in these children, although those with splenomegaly had lower mean HbF than those with autosplenectomy. It is recommended that early determination of HbF and possibly commencing hydroxyurea may improve the care of children with HSCD.
Keywords: Autosplenectomy, foetal haemoglobin, homozygous sickle cell disease, splenic size, ultrasonography.

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Malposition of Haemodialysis Central Venous Catheter: Case Report

Lawan M, Sulaiman MM, Shettima J, Yauba MS, Loskurima U

Background: Central venous catheterization is a common procedure done to access a large vein for obtaining blood in haemodialysis, monitoring of central venous pressure and administration of fluids and drugs. Complications such as malposition of the CVC may occur following catheterization. Case Summary: We report a case of a 12-year-old male child managed for end stage kidney disease who had malposition of CVC into the left internal jugular vein after left subclavian vein insertion.

Conclusion: Complications following CVC insertion are common. Real-time ultrasound guidance and post procedure chest radiograph are useful means for prevention and early detection of complications.
Key words: Malposition, central venous catheter, haemodialysis

 

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Burden and outcome of Childhood Tuberculosis at a Tertiary Health Facility in North-Central, Nigeria

Bello Surajudeen, Ogunkunle Taofik, Hassan Ikrama, Ibrahim Olayinka, Audu Esther Solomon

Background: Tuberculosis (TB) remains a disease of public health importance owing to its contribution to morbidity and mortality. It is a chronic infectious respiratory disease that is vaccine preventable and therapeutically curable. Besides, TB is a leading cause of death across all age groups but worse among children. Malnutrition has been shown to be a common risk factor of childhood tuberculosis.

Objectives: The burden and treatment outcome of childhood TB was determined.

Methods: A retrospective study of childhood tuberculosis using purposely kept register at both the Emergency Paediatrics Unit (EPU) and the Directly Observed Treatment Short course (DOTS) centre of the Hospital. We included children aged < 18 years either admitted at the EPU or seen at the Paediatric and or General outpatient department of the Hospital from 1st January 2019 to the 31st December 2019, with presumptive TB and sent to the DOTS centre for treatment.

Results: The mean age of the children was 7.7±3.2 years. Childhood TB accounted for 88 (7.1%) of the 1243 EPU admissions and accounted for 25.2% of the TB cases managed at the DOTS unit in 2019. Of the 88 children, males were 49. More of the patients (84.1%) had pulmonary tuberculosis. Gene Xpert TB detection rate was 60.2%. Two - third (65.9%) of the cohort were successfully treated. One – quarter (26.1%) of the cases were loss to follow – up, while 8% died on treatment.

Conclusions: One quarter of the burden of tuberculosis at our facility occurred in childhood, and two – third had pulmonary affectation. Approximately two third of these study population were successfully treated. One quarter was loss to follow-up, while one out of every twelve died during the course of treatment.
Keywords: Burden, Childhood tuberculosis, Tertiary health facility, Outcome.

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Influence of Acute Phase Biomarkers on Mortality and Functional Outcome in Adults with Acute Ischemic Stroke in North-western Nigeria

Aliyu Ibrahim, Hasiya T. Ismail, Lukman Femi Owolabi , Adesola Ogunniyi

Background: Stroke play a leading role in emergency admissions in developing countries and has contributed immensely to the huge financial burden to both the patient and the society especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Assessment of some routine acute phase biomarkers may aid in predicting mortality and functional outcomes in acute ischemic stroke.

Objectives: To assess the role of routinely estimated C-reactive protein (CRP), Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), and platelet count in predicting mortality and short-term functional outcomes among patients with AIS in Kano, North western Nigeria.

Methods: A case-control study where one hundred and twenty acute ischemic stroke patients and sixty age and sex matched healthy controls, were enrolled over a period of 10 months. Data on socio-demographic information and clinical characteristics were collected. Blood samples for acute phase biomarkers; C-reactive protein (C-RP), Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), and platelet count were collected and analyzed. The patients were followed up for 30-days and data on mortality and functional outcome using Modified Rankin Scale (MRS) was collected and analyzed using SPSS version 20.0 (IBM Armonk, NY).

Results: The mean age of patients and their controls were 61.9±11.8 years and 61.8±12.4years and were predominantly of female gender (cases, 70/120 vs controls, 35/60). The mean of CRP, ESR, and platelets count for the cases and controls were 77.6±23.7 mg/L vs. 6.3± 2.8 mg/L, 53.4±30.2mm/hr vs. 12.2± 8.1mm/hr and 182.5±19.1/µL vs 251.4± 53.8/µL respectively. NIHSS was shown to independently predict 30-day mortality (Adjusted HR 1.10; 95% CI:1.02-1.18), p=0.011) after AIS. Additionally, elevated SBP, DBP, NIHSS and C-RP were shown to be associated with a poor 30-day functional outcome.

Conclusion: The study showed that elevated levels of serum C-RP and ESR and a reduced platelet count predict higher mortality and poor functional outcomes in acute ischemic stroke. Assessment of some inexpensive routinely estimated acute phase biomarkers will guide therapy and help reduce overall mortality and improve short term functional outcomes in our resource-challenged environment.
Key words: Biomarkers, mortality, functional outcome, ischemic stroke

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Severe Hypertension Coexisting with Hypokalaemia in A Young Adult: Case Report and Literature Review

Raheem YA, Loskurima U, Lawan M, Tukur A, Sulaiman MM

Systemic hypertension, affecting about one billion people worldwide, is the most prevalent modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and related disability. Secondary hypertension is a common problem among young adults. Case Summary: We report a case of a 23year old man who presented to the emergency room with 8-month history of progressive general body weakness preceded by numbness and paraesthesia initially involving the left then the right lower limbs with family history of hypertension. Blood Pressure was 150/80mmHg.His serum potassium was 1.6mmol/L (Normal range 3.0-5.0) other electrolytes, urea and creatinine were normal. Urinary potassium was 215mmol/24hr (Normal range < 20mmol/24hrs). A diagnosis of severe hypokalaemia in a hypertensive patient with Liddle’s syndrome was made. He was commenced on oral Moduretic (contains Amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide because Amiloride or triamterene only formulation is not available) and intravenous potassium replacement.

Conclusion: Our index case is a 23year old young man known hypertensive who presented with quadriparesis and spontaneous hypokalaemia with family history of hypertension. The likely cause of his hypertension and hypokalaemia is Liddle’s syndrome, however plasma aldosterone concentration, plasma renin activity and genetic studies were not available for us to confirm this diagnosis. Even though this form of hypertension is rare, there is a need for a high index of suspicion for it by the clinicians whenever hypertension is diagnosed in a young individual especially in Maiduguri, Nigeria which have a high prevalence of renal impairment among young individuals’ majority of whom have background hypertension.
Keywords: Hypokalaemia, Liddle’s syndrome, Quadriparesis, Secondary hypertension, Systemic hypertension

 

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Effect of cell phone usage and clinical correlates of male factor infertility amongst men attending infertility clinic in Benin City, Edo State Nigeria

Okungbowa Godwin Enosakhare, Osian Eunice A, Eze Sekegor E.

Background: Presently around us today in our world, there is high demand for phones and little or nothing has been said in Nigeria about the over usage and linking it to it influence on male factor infertility.

Objectives: This study aims to determine the effect of cell phone use and clinical correlates of male factor infertility amongst couples attending infertility clinic in Benin City.

Methods: The study is a prospective, descriptive, cross-sectional study conducted in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Central Hospital Benin City. A cross-section of Three hundred and fifty-five (355) male partners of women who present with infertility at the gynaecological clinic were interviewed and physically examined. The Cell-phone Over-use Scale (COS) was used for mobile cell-phone addiction data which is a validated instrument with a reliability more than 90%. The semen sample was obtained by masturbation into a sterile wide-mouthed plastic container. Data was analysed using the IBM Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and the level of significance is p <0.05.

Results: The study reported very high prevalence rate (66.5%) of male infertility, with a level of Cell-phone over usage proportion of 35.2%. It also established a significant association between cell phone over usage and prevalence of infertility.

Conclusion: This study concluded that cell phone over usage has significant effect on clinical correlates of male factors. It also established a significant association between cell phone over usage and seminal fluid parameters. The study therefore recommends that males should desist from keeping cell phones in their trouser pockets especially in talk mode to reduce the amount of non-ionizing radiation released to their reproductive organs.
Keywords: Infertility, Electromagnetic radiation, Cell phone, phone overuse

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Knowledge and Awareness About Wisdom Teeth Among Preclinical Dental Students in Chennai, India

Gowri Balakrishnana, Janani Anand Kumar, Jaganbabu Palaniappan, Karthik Shunmugavelu

The diagnosis and management of wisdom teeth impaction and its associated pathologies are unique. Impacted wisdom teeth occur because of a lack of space, obstruction, or abnormal position. This study focuses on the knowledge and awareness on wisdom teeth among preclinical dental students in Chennai. A cross-sectional study was performed using questionnaire. A majority of the preclinical students were not aware of the techniques involved in the management of impacted third molar removal. A greater effort into making the preclinical students aware about the knowledge about wisdom teeth must be imparted. Knowledge regarding the indications of removal and diagnosis imparts a significant difference in the quality of management of these patients
Keywords: Wisdom teeth, impaction, awareness

 

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Bilateral Mandibular Tori- A Case Report and Review of Literature

Karthik S

Mandibular tori are usually asymptomatic bony protuberances present unilaterally or bilaterally. They are formed by dense cortical bone externally and covered with a thin layer of poorly vascularized oral mucosa. They usually present as a very slow and progressive growth that can stop spontaneously. Treatment is not usually advocated unless it hinders prosthetic treatment or if any complication occurs.
Keywords: Mandibular tori, Asymptomatic, Bilateral

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  Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Energy Drinks Consumption Among Undergraduate Students of Bayero University, Kano

Usman Muhammad Ibrahim, Hafsat Umar Sani, Mustapha Zakariyya Karkarna, Abubakar Mohammed Jibo, Musa Muhammad Bello, Auwal Umar Gajida, Abba Ahmed Danzomo, Muktar Ahmed Gadanya

 

Background: Caffeine being the major component in the energy drink is known to produce some negative effects and therefore its abuse may result in significant public health challenges.

Objectives: This study aimed to determine knowledge, attitude and practice of energy drinks consumption among undergraduate students of Bayero University Kano, Northwest Nigeria.

methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study design was used to study 381 undergraduate students selected using a two-staged sampling technique. Data were collected using interviewer administered questionnaires. The SPSS version 21 was used for data analysis with a p- value of = 5% considered statistically significant.

Result: The age of the respondents ranged from 17 to 49 years with a Mean± SD of 23.1±3.6years. The majority of the respondents were Muslims (91.6%). More than one-quarter (31.0%) of the respondents were studying health-related courses in the University. Up to 13% of the respondents had satisfactory knowledge of energy drinks while 79% had negative attitudes towards energy drink consumption. The knowledge of energy drinks consumption was found to be significantly associated (p<0.05) with sex, residence, sponsorship and influence on choice. The practice was significantly associated with sex, faculty and influence on choice. Further, the attitude was significantly associated (p<0.05) with age, sex, tribe and influence on choice.

Conclusion: The majority of the respondents had unsatisfactory knowledge and practice of energy drinks and negative attitude towards its consumption. The government should ensure strategies that can promote healthy consumption of energy drinks.
Keywords: Prevalence, energy drinks, knowledge, attitude, practice

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Determination of Normal Renal Size Among Children in Maiduguri, Borno State, North-eastern Nigeria

Yauba MS, Sulaiman MM, Farouk AG, Mustapha Z, Abdurahaman A, Mbititng HW

Background: Measurement of the length and width of the kidneys using ultrasound scan is used to evaluate its rate of growth and the extent of kidney affectation by disease. Renal growth correlates well with somatic growth and is influenced by changes in the age, nutritional status and disease. Knowing renal size in relation to age and body size of a child will help to detect deviation from normal especially in diseased conditions that causes enlargement or reduction in renal size.

Objectives: To determine the renal size of normal children by ultrasonography and correlation of renal size with age of the children.

Methods: The data for renal size (renal length), sex and age of 404 children aged 1 month to 14 years were obtained. The (bipolar) lengths of both right and left kidneys were measured with ultrasonography by a sonographer. The age and sex each child was recorded in a preformed proforma. The weight was measured in the Children Outpatient Department (COPD) of State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri, Borno state using a standard weighing scale.

Results: Four hundred and four (404) normal children aged 1 month to 14 years had abdominal ultrasound scan (USS) done. Their mean age was 7.9 (± 4.2 SD) years. There were 208 (51.5%) females and 196 (48.5%) males with female to male ratio of 1.1: 1. The mean age of females was 7.8 ± 4.2 SD while that of males was 8.0± 4.2 SD. There was no significance difference in their mean ages; p=0.494. There was rapid increase in the renal length in the first year of life and there was no statistically significant difference (p=0.50) in the mean renal length between males and females. There is good correlation between age and right renal length (r = 0.680) but low correlation (r = 0.290) between age and left kidney.

Conclusion: There was rapid increase in the renal length in the first year of life and there is good correlation between age and renal size.

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Barriers to Utilization of Antenatal Care Interventions among Pregnant Women Attending Primary Health Care Centres in Kano, Nigeria

Usman Muhammad Ibrahim, Auwal Umar Gajida, Rabiu Ibrahim Jalo, Usman Idris Takai, Abubakar Muhammad Jibo, Yusuf Saleh, Aisha Alto, Abubakar Sadiq Abubakar

Background: Knowledge of Ante-Natal Care interventions (ANC) and removal of barriers associated with access to the interventions can significantly reduce the burden of maternal, neonatal, and infant morbidity and mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Objective: This study assessed the knowledge and barriers to ANC interventions among pregnant women attending PHC in Kano.

Methods: Descriptive cross-sectional study design was used to study 383 pregnant women attending ANC in primary health care centers in Kano metropolis using a three-staged sampling technique. Data was collected using interviewer administered semi-structured questionnaire and analyzed at univariate, bivariate and multivariate levels using IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows, version 20.

Results: Out of the 383 questionnaires distributed 374 were retrieved and analyzed, giving a response rate of (97.7%). The mean age of respondents was 25.7±4.8years. The majority of the pregnant women studied (60.0%) were greater than 24 years of age with most of the respondents having formal education (96.8%) and married pregnant women constituted most (89.0%) of the respondents. The maximum knowledge score was 39 and the minimum was 10 with a mean of 24.8±5.8. Many pregnant women (97.0%) had satisfactory knowledge of ANC interventions. Age greater than 24 years (p<0.001), employment (p<0.001), gestational age between 4-6 months (p<0.001), urban residence (p=0.02) were found to be significantly associated with satisfactory knowledge. Age greater than 24 years {AOR=2.0, 95%CI= (1.1-3.7)}, Gestational age ranging between 4-6 months {AOR=0.5, 95%CI= (0.3-0.8)}, and urban residence {AOR=2.0, 95%CI= (1.1-3.7)} were found to be independent predictors of knowledge of ANC interventions. Variable barriers to using various interventions were reported. The barrier to using iron and folic acid reported by about a half of the respondents (50.0%) was forgetting to use the tablets, the financial capacity to transport self to the facility was reported to serve as a barrier to using Long Lasting Insecticides Treated Nets by about one-fourth (25.0%) of the pregnant women. Similarly, up to one-fourth (25.0%) had fear of side effects as the barrier to using IPT(sulphadoxine/pyrimethamine). Barrier to using some health education interventions was reported to be due to rejection by the spouse.

Conclusion: Pregnant women were knowledgeable on the available ANC interventions but are faced with many barriers to accessing them. The government should, therefore, formulate policies directed to addressing the identified barriers.

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Severity of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting Following Gynaecological Laparoscopic Procedures: Ondansetron vs Metoclopramide

Dalhat Salahu, Alhassan Mohammad Datti

 

Background: Postoperative nausea and vomiting have remained significant causes of morbidity in patients undergoing general anaesthesia for gynaecological laparoscopic procedures.

Objectives: This study compared the severity of postoperative nausea and vomiting following gynaecological laparoscopic procedures after prophylaxis with metoclopramide and ondansetron.

Methods: Sixty-six consenting patients aged 18-55 years undergoing day case gynaecological laparoscopic procedures were recruited and randomly allocated into two groups with each receiving either intravenous ondansetron 4mg or intravenous metoclopramide 10mg prior to induction of anaesthesia. The severity of nausea and vomiting were then assessed over a period of 4 hours before discharge.

Results: Nausea was mild in 24.2% and 6.1% of patients that received metoclopramide and ondansetron respectively, and severe in 9.1% of patients in both groups. In the metoclopramide group, 6.1% experienced 1 bout of vomiting compared to 3% in the ondansetron group. 3% had 2 bouts of vomiting in the metoclopramide, none in the ondansetron group had up to 2 bouts of vomit.

Conclusion: Ondansetron was more effective in the prevention of the mild form of nausea, the two study drugs are similarly effective for the prevention of vomiting.
Key words: Nausea, vomiting, ondansetron, metoclopramide

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Arterial Blood Pressure in Children with Sickle Cell Anaemia and Controls: A Cross Sectional Study

Abubakar Garba Farouk, Halima Umar Ibrahim, Bello Abdullahi Ibrahim, Hassan Abdullahi Elechi, Jamila Audu Idrisa, Modu Gofama Mustapha

 

Background: Sickle cell anaemia (SCA) is a very common disorder among indigenous people of Borno and Yobe States in the North-eastern region of Nigeria. It is characterized by recurrent episodes of severe bone pain from occlusion of blood vessels by sickled red cells. Hypertension in children with sickle cell anaemia is rare and when present may be secondary to other disease process and more rarely may be essential hypertension. However, when hypertension occurs in SCA patients, it accelerates the progression of complications such as cerebrovascular accident and sickle cell nephropathy, hence the need to study the pattern of blood pressure in these patients. Early detection of hypertension can help in forestalling its progression and preventing its devastating complications such as cerebrovascular accident.

Objectives: To compare the arterial blood pressures of children with sickle cell anaemia in steady state with those of age and sex-matched healthy controls.

Methods: The study design was cross-sectional comparative. Minimum sample size of 54 was determined using Taylor’s formula. Subjects were recruited systematically by enrolling every other patient as they present at the Paediatric Haematology clinic. The controls were apparently healthy age and sex-matched haemoglobin AA children. Anthropometric parameters and the blood pressure were measured and recorded appropriately. Blood pressure was classified using published normative data.

Results: A total of 54 children with sickle cell anaemia in steady state and 159 normal children as controls were enrolled. The ages of both the SCA and controls ranged from 3 to 14 years, with median age of 8 years. Of the 54 SCA children 28 (52%) were males while 26 (48%) were females. Mean packed cell volume of the SCA children was 22 ± 3.5. Although 8 (14.8%) of the SCA children were hypertensive, there was no significant difference in the mean systolic blood pressure (96mmHg) of children with sickle cell anaemia compared to controls (99mmHg) P = 0.078 while, the mean diastolic blood pressure (65mmHg) of the control was significantly higher than that of SCA cohort (59) P ≤ 0.0001.

Conclusion: Hypertension is not rare among children with sickle cell anaemia. This stresses the need regular BP recording during follow-up in order to prevent devastating events such as cerebro-vascular accident.

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Ease of Laryngeal Mask Airway Insertion in Nigerian Adults: Propofol Alone vs Propofol Combined with Low Dose Suxamethonium

Alhassan Datti Mohammed, Adesope Saheed, Salahu Dalhat

 

Background: Inadequate anaesthesia during Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA) insertion may make correct positioning difficult or even impossible.

Objective: This prospective study was designed to compare the ease of LMA insertion in patients who received propofol alone and patients who received a combination of propofol with low dose (0.1 mg/kg) suxamethonium.

Methods: Eighty ASA I and II consenting patients aged 18 to 60 years undergoing elective procedures under general anaesthesia and spontaneous ventilation were recruited and randomly allocated into two groups with each receiving either 5 mls of 0.9% saline (group P) or 0.1 mg/kg suxamethonium, made up to 5 mls (group S), 30 seconds post induction with intravenous (iv) propofol 2.5 mg/kg delivered over 30 seconds. The overall insertion conditions (scored from grade of jaw relaxation, ease of insertion, severity of airway response in terms of coughing, gagging, laryngospasm and patient movement) during first attempt of LMA insertion and the number of attempts made were then accessed. The number of attempts before successful LMA insertion as well as incidence and duration of apnoea post induction were recorded.

Results: Excellent overall insertion condition occurred in 40% of patients in group S compared to 15% in group P, satisfactory in 30% of patients in group S compared to 35% in group P, and poor in 30% of patients in group S compared to 50% of patients in group P.

Conclusion: The combination of propofol plus low dose suxamethonium for LMA insertion was found to provide better grades of overall insertion condition. The number of attempts before successful insertion was however comparable.

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The Effect of Intracervical Lidocaine Versus Intramuscular Diclofenac for Pain Relief During Hysterosalpingography Among Infertile Women in A Tertiary Hospital in Kano

Attah Raphael Avidime, Sulaiman Daneji Muhammad, Ibrahim Saidu Adamu

 

Background: Hysterosalpingography (HSG) is the radiographic evaluation of the uterus and fallopian tubes and is used predominantly in the evaluation of infertility. HSG can cause discomfort or pain during or after the procedure, up to 72 % of women complain of significant discomfort with this test. This pain can hinder patient’s co-operation, therefore limiting the usefulness of the procedure, and willingness to do other similar diagnostic studies. It can also result in fortuitous tubal blockade by provoking cornual spasms.

Objectives: To compare the effect of intracervical block with 1% lidocaine and intramuscular diclofenac 75mg in decreasing pain perception during hysterosalpingography.

Methods: The study was carried out between September 2016 and January 2017. One hundred and forty women with infertility referred for hysterosalpingography were randomly recruited and assigned to two study groups. Women in the study group A were given an intracervical block with 1% lidocaine while women in the Study Group B were given intramuscular diclofenac sodium 75mg 30 minutes before the procedure. Pain levels during specified stages of HSG were assessed using visual analogue score. The statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) version 16.0 was used to analyze the data. The data obtained were presented in tables. Categorical data were analyzed using chi-squared test and Fishers exact correction, continuous data were analyzed using student t-test; level of significance (p-value) was set at p< 0.05.

Results: There was no statistically significant difference in the two study groups in their baseline characteristics; but there were statistically significant differences in some gynaecological characteristics that include previous vaginal delivery and previous pregnancy loss. The two most painful steps of the procedure were during grasping of the cervix and uterine distension with contrast medium mean visual analogue score (VAS) of 4.26±1.62 and 6.37±1.62 (t = -7.726, p-value <0.001), 6.14±1.85 and 7.37±2.23 (t = -3.543 p-value 0.001) respectively in groups A and B.

Conclusion: There was significant reduction in VAS pain scores with intracervical block with lidocaine when performing HSG for infertility.

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Influences on the Incidence and Pathomorphological Picture of Thyroid Disease

Innocent Emmanuel, Mansur Aliyu Ramalan, Abdulazis Longwap, Ayuba Madachi Dauda

Background: The thyroid serves the body with important endocrine functions. A variety of influences impinges on the incidence and pathomorphological picture of the thyroid gland. These influences that include: iodine deficiency; iodine sufficiency; gender and; imaging technology are elucidated further in this work. We used the Google search engine to search for literature on the subject from the internet. Iodine is associated with increased incidence of nodular goiter and follicular carcinoma. The world over the last few decades had transited from an era of iodine deficiency to its sufficiency leading to an increase in incidence of thyroiditis and papillary thyroid carcinoma. Estrogen and Estrogen receptor discovered in the thyroid is implicated in the increased frequency of thyroid disorders in females. Finally, advancement in thyroid imaging technology and its utilization has led to over-diagnosis and overtreatment of thyroid diseases

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Nutritional Status of Young Children newly diagnosed with HIV-Infection at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sokoto, Nigeria

Yusuf T, Onankpa BO, Baba J, Ugege MO, Jega MR, Sanni-Amodu M, Isezuo KO, Adamu A, Jiya FB

 

Background: Poor nutrition contributes to deaths associated with the infectious diseases especially among under-5 children in developing countries. The growth of young children could be impacted with increasing burden of HIV/AIDS and increasing food insecurity. This results in an increased malnutrition among this vulnerable group.

Objective: To determine the nutritional status of children aged ≤5 years newly diagnosed with HIV infection in UDUTH, Sokoto.

Methods: A prospective descriptive cross-sectional study among children aged ≤5 years newly diagnosed with HIV infection at the Paediatric units and Paediatric ART Clinic, UDUTH, Sokoto between January 1st, 2015 and December 31st 2019. The nutritional status was determined using WHO growth standards. The data were analyzed using SPSS version 22.0 and p-value ≤0.05 was taken as significant.

Results: Sixty-seven children aged ≤5 years were diagnosed with HIV infection in UDUTH within the period. Twenty (30.3%) were aged 1.1 – 2.0 years with the mean age of 2.9(±1.4) years. The M:F ratio approximately 2:1. Forty-five (67.2%) were from lower socio-economic class. Sixteen (23.9%) were diagnosed using PCR for HIV-DNA. Forty-eight (71.6%) presented in clinical stage I. Twenty-three (34.3%), 24 (35.8%) and 12 (17.9%) of the children were stunted, underweight and wasted respectively. The rate of undernutrition was found to be significantly related to the age of the child (p=0.03) and socio-economic status of the family (p=0.02).

Conclusion: The nutritional status of young children newly diagnosed with HIV infection was suboptimal and majority was stunted and underweight in our environment

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Barriers to Utilization of Antenatal Care Interventions among Pregnant Women Attending Primary Health Care Centres in Kano, Nigeria

Usman Muhammad Ibrahim, Auwal Umar Gajida, Rabiu Ibrahim Jalo, Usman Idris Takai, Abubakar Muhammad Jibo, Yusuf Saleh, Aisha Alto, Abubakar Sadiq Abubakar

 

Background: Knowledge of Ante-Natal Care interventions (ANC) and removal of barriers associated with access to the interventions can significantly reduce the burden of maternal, neonatal, and infant morbidity and mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Objective: This study assessed the knowledge and barriers to ANC interventions among pregnant women attending PHC in Kano.

Methods: Descriptive cross-sectional study design was used to study 383 pregnant women attending ANC in primary health care centers in Kano metropolis using a three-staged sampling technique. Data was collected using interviewer administered semi-structured questionnaire and analyzed at univariate, bivariate and multivariate levels using IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows, version 20.

Results: Out of the 383 questionnaires distributed 374 were retrieved and analyzed, giving a response rate of (97.7%). The mean age of respondents was 25.7±4.8years. The majority of the pregnant women studied (60.0%) were greater than 24 years of age with most of the respondents having formal education (96.8%) and married pregnant women constituted most (89.0%) of the respondents. The maximum knowledge score was 39 and the minimum was 10 with a mean of 24.8±5.8. Many pregnant women (97.0%) had satisfactory knowledge of ANC interventions. Age greater than 24 years (p<0.001), employment (p<0.001), gestational age between 4-6 months (p<0.001), urban residence (p=0.02) were found to be significantly associated with satisfactory knowledge. Age greater than 24 years {AOR=2.0, 95%CI= (1.1-3.7)}, Gestational age ranging between 4-6 months {AOR=0.5, 95%CI= (0.3-0.8)}, and urban residence {AOR=2.0, 95%CI= (1.1-3.7)} were found to be independent predictors of knowledge of ANC interventions. Variable barriers to using various interventions were reported. The barrier to using iron and folic acid reported by about a half of the respondents (50.0%) was forgetting to use the tablets, the financial capacity to transport self to the facility was reported to serve as a barrier to using Long Lasting Insecticides Treated Nets by about one-fourth (25.0%) of the pregnant women. Similarly, up to one-fourth (25.0%) had fear of side effects as the barrier to using IPT(sulphadoxine/pyrimethamine). Barrier to using some health education interventions was reported to be due to rejection by the spouse.

Conclusion: Pregnant women were knowledgeable on the available ANC interventions but are faced with many barriers to accessing them. The government should, therefore, formulate policies directed to addressing the identified barriers

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Predictors of Compliance with Recommended Hand Hygiene Practices Among Healthcare Workers in Specialist Hospitals of Kano, Northwest Nigeria

Ibrahim UM, Ibrahim RJ

 

Background: Compliance with recommended hand hygiene practice among healthcare providers is important in the prevention of morbidity and mortality associated with hospital acquired infections including drug resistant microorganisms.

Objective: This study determined the predictors of compliance with recommended hand hygiene practices among healthcare workers in specialist hospitals of Kano metropolis, Northwest Nigeria.

Method: World Health Organization recommended observation checklist for hand hygiene compliance and Key Informant Interviews involving members of Infection Prevention and Control teams of the two selected hospitals were used to collect data using two staged and purposive sampling techniques respectively. Quantitative data from the observation checklist was analyzed at univariate, bivariate and multivariate levels using SPSS version 22 while verbatim transcripts from qualitative interviews were analyzed using thematic framework analysis.

Results: The overall compliance with hand hygiene was (42.4%). Use of alcohol based hand rub and soap and water constituted (26.7%) and (15.7%) respectively. Statistically significant association was found between type of the ward (P<0.001), Professional cadre (P<0.001), indication for hand hygiene (P<0.001), time of the day (P<0.05) and compliance with hand hygiene. Key Informant Interviews revealed lack of materials needed for hand hygiene to be associated with non-compliance. Working in medical ward and being a doctor were associated with 86% increased likelihood of compliance with recommended hand hygiene practice {AOR=0.14, 95% CI= (0.0-.4)}.Similarly, contact with patients’ surrounding/environment was associated with four fold increased likelihood of compliance with hand hygiene { AOR= 3.7, 95% CI= ( 2.7-5.0)}, further, evening and night shifts were associated with 2 folds increased likelihood of compliance with hand hygiene than morning shift { AOR=2.0, 95% CI=(1.0-3.7)}.

Conclusion: Compliance with recommended hand hygiene practices was not encouraging and may pose significant risk of hospital acquired infection. Therefore, Hospital management should ensure the existence of functional infection prevention and control team, regular training and re-training of healthcare workers

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Penetrating Intracranial Arrow Extraction

Usman B, Mohammed B, Shuwa FA, Garandawa HI

 

Background: Arrow injury is one of the causes of non-missile penetrating head injury. Penetration may be through natural openings like the eye, nose, or a thin bone. At presentations, most patients are clinically stable. However, some may present with catastrophic vascular injury. Non-contrast Computed Tomography (CT scan) with or without angiography, when indicated, is essential for surgical planning. When impacted to a bone, craniectomy is an option, but when not impacted the best option is a craniotomy with antegrade extraction under vision especially when the arrow is barbed. Often surgery may involve multiple specialists. Broad-spectrum antibiotic prophylaxis is advised likewise tetanus and seizure prevention. Postoperatively patients are followed up and complications are treated.

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  Superior Vena Cava Syndrome in End Stage Renal Disease Patients on Long Term Central Venous Catheters: A Report of Two Cases
Sulaiman MM, Shettima J, Lawan M, Ibrahim A

Background: Central venous catheters are increasingly becoming the most common access at initiation of hemodialysis. They are associated with short term complications such as infections and long term problems resulting in stenosis of the central venous systems.
We report two patients with end stage renal disease, who developed stenosis of the superior vena cava following long term placement of internal jugular catheters for maintenance hemodialysis.

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A rare Case of Right Sided Bochdalek Hernia Co-existing with Intrathoracic Kidney

Dambatta AH, Saleh MK

Background: Congenital diaphragmatic hernias are developmental defects involving the diaphragm. Three major types have been identified; Bochdalek hernia, Morgagni hernia, and hiatus/hiatal hernia, with the postero-lateral Bochdalek type being the most common. Rare concomitant existence with intrathoracic kidney was reported. Cases of left sided Bochdalek hernia were previously reported in the literature but none is associated with intrathoracic kidney. A successfully surgically treated rare case of right sided Bochdalek hernia co-existing with intrathoracic kidney in a neonate is therefore presented.

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Reasons and Experiences of Home and Hospital Deliveries Among Women in Kano, North Western Nigeria

Jibo AM, Abulfathi AA, Iliyasu Z

Background: In developing countries most women deliver at home for some reasons and such deliveries are not attended by a skilled birth attendant. In Nigeria 63% of births occurred at home.
Objective: To determine the reasons and experiences of home and hospital deliveries among women in Kano, Nigeria.Methods: The study was a comparative cross-sectional study. The study employed a mixed method study. A total of 614 women were selected by multistage sampling technique and enrolled for the study. Focus group discussions with a group of women and husbands as well as key informant interviews with health care workers were conducted in the communities. Quantitative data was analysed using Minitab V17 software. Thematic content analysis was performed for the qualitative data. Data was gathered and analysed using triangulation methods. Results: The questionnaires response rate was of 96.7%. The mean age of respondents was 32.6 ± 6.5 years for home delivery group, and 28.1 ± 5.6 years for the hospital delivery group. Reasons for home deliveries were custom (24.5%), unfriendly attitude of health workers (17.5%), financial barriers (15.5%), and safety was the main reason for hospital delivery (56.7%). Determinants of choice of place of delivery were lower age at first pregnancy AOR=4.06 95%CI (1.633-10.076) and higher education AOR=2.70 95%CI (1.927-3.792) respectively. Conclusion: Mothers have different reasons and experiences with regard to choice of delivery location. Hospital deliveries should be encouraged

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A Three-Year Review of Caesarean Delivery at a Secondary Health Facility in North-Western Nigeria

Lamaran Makama Dattijo, Mahmud Abdulwahab, Ayyuba Rabiu

Background: Caesarean section is today one of the commonest surgical operations performed on women. The increased refinement in anaesthetics and surgical skills has reduced the morbidity and mortality associated with the procedures. Most of the studies on caesarean rates in Nigeria are from tertiary centres in the main cities. They may not reflect the situation in secondary facilities in rural and sub-urban areas which do not have the adequate number of staff, equipment and logistic support. Objectives: To determine the rates of caesarean section, indications and outcome in the general hospital located in Dutse, Jigawa, North-Western Nigeria. Methods: It was a retrospective review of records of women that had caesarean delivery between January 2013 and December 2015. Socio-demographic and obstetric information were extracted and analysed using SPSS statistical software. Analysis of the data was done using descriptive statistics. Ethical approval was obtained from the state ministry of health research ethics committee. Results: There were a total of 9,362 deliveries of which 543 were caesarean births giving a caesarean section rate of 5.8%. Majority of the procedures were emergency (90%). More than half of the women had prolonged obstructed labour as the indication. Mean age (±SD) of the women was 25.5 ±7.21 years. There were 69 stillbirths and 4 maternal deaths. The main complication was wound breakdown seen among 9.8% of patients. Conclusion: The rate of caesarean section was lower compared to other secondary and tertiary facilities in Nigeria. Nine out of every 10 caesarean sections were emergency and were associated with high perinatal and maternal morbidity

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Awareness, Acceptability and Barriers to the Utilization of Modern Methods of Family Planning Among Women Attending Antenatal Clinic in Bayero University, Kano

Auwal Umar Gajida, Idris Usman Takai, Emmanuel Ajuluchukwu Ugwa, Murtala Yusuf

Background: Contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) is generally very low in Nigeria, but particularly lowest in northern Nigeria. Barriers to access and utilization have been variously studied, but there is need to consider specific contexts. Objective: The aim of this study is to determine the level of awareness, acceptability, and barriers to the utilization of modern methods of family planning in Bayero University, Kano, North-west, Nigeria. Methodology: This was a cross-sectional study conducted at the antenatal section of BUK staff clinic, among 152 pregnant women between May and October 2013. Ethical approval and informed consent were obtained. Descriptive statistics was used to report categorical variables. Results: Awareness of modern methods of contraception was high (86.18%) and the majority (86.19%) knew at least one method of family planning. The commonest methods known by the respondents were: Oral contraceptive pills (39.47%), injectables (22.37%) and condom (14.47%). Out of the152 respondents, 77(50.66%) accepted the use of modern methods of family planning and 39(25.65%) out of these number had ever used at least one method, while 38(25.00%) did not. Fear of side effects (42.11%), desire for more children (15.79%), and lack of awareness (13.82%), religious prohibition (10.53%) and opposition by male partners (7.89%) constituted the major barriers to the utilization of modern methods of family planning. Conclusion: The level of awareness was found to be high but acceptability and utilization were low, this is due to the existing barriers to utilization of modern methods of family planning. Effort should be made to allay the fear of side effects and to educate women on the implication of frequent childbirth

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A 6-year review of Post-Neonatal Tetanus at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto

Adamu A, Ugege MO, Onankpa BO, Yusuf T, Isezuo KO, Jiya FB, Abubakar FI
Background: Tetanus is a vaccine-preventable disease but its incidence has remained unacceptably high in developing countries. Objective: To determine the prevalence, risk factors and outcome of post-neonatal tetanus at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH), Sokoto. Methods: A retrospective descriptive study from 1st January 2010 to 31st December 2015. Children aged 1 month to 15 years diagnosed with post-neonatal tetanus were studied. Information from the admission files was extracted. Data was analysed using SPSS version 20. Results: Total admissions during the study period were 14,458; 61 had post-neonatal tetanus, giving a prevalence of 0.4%. The M: F ratio was 1.5:1. The mean age was 7.4±3.2 years. Fifty-nine (96.7%) were not immunised against tetanus. Portal of entry for the organism was trauma injuries to the foot in 33(54.1%). Thirty-one (50.8%) were discharged, 5(8.2%) DAMA, while 25(41.0%) died, and case fatality was 41.0%. Conclusion: Post-neonatal tetanus is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Sokoto. There is need for improved health education, sustainability of immunisation programmes and coverage to eradicate this scourge

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Prevalence, risk factors and short-term outcome of babies with Neonatal Jaundice in a secondary facility with free-health services in South-West, Nigeria

Oluwafemi, Rosena Olubanke, Abiodun, Moses Temidayo, Owa, Joshua A
Background: Neonatal Jaundice (NNJ) is a common occurrence in about 60% of term infants and 80% of preterm infants worldwide and a leading cause of hospitalization during the first week of life. Available evidence suggests that low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) bear the greatest burden of severe neonatal jaundice characterized by very high rates of morbidity, mortality and long-term sequel compared to high-income countries (HICs). Aims: To document the prevalence, risk factors and short-term outcome of babies with neonatal jaundice in a secondary health facility with free health services in South-West Nigeria. Method: Babies were recruited from both in-born and out-born arms of the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU). It was a prospective study of all babies admitted for neonatal jaundice from January to December 2014; the babies were followed up till discharge. Patients’ information including socio-demographic characteristics, risk factors, treatment modalities and outcomes were collected and entered directly into an Excel sheet. Results: There were a total of 1,309 admissions: 734 males and 575 females giving a M: F ratio of 1.3:1. NNJ was present in 125 (9.5%) of them. Thirty-five (28%) of the affected babies were preterm babies while 90 (72%) were term babies. Ten (8%) of them presented within the first 24 hours of life, 103 babies (82.4%) presented between 1st and 7th day of life while 12 (9.6%) presented after the 7th day of life. Neonatal sepsis, prematurity, perinatal asphyxia and prolonged rupture of membrane (PROM) were the leading causes and risk factors for NNJ in our setting. One hundred and seven (85.6%) of them had only phototherapy as treatment modality while 18 (14.4%) had exchange blood transfusion (EBT). One hundred and twenty babies (96%) were discharged alive, 5 (4%) had bilirubin encephalopathy and 2 babies (1.6%) died. Conclusion: Neonatal Jaundice is common in our setting with possible dire consequences. Health education of the public on its associated modifiable risk factors is desirable

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Chronic kidney disease of unknown origin in Northern Yobe, Nigeria: Experience from a regional tertiary hospital in northeastern Nigeria

Sulaiman MM, Shettima J, Ndahi K, Abdul H, Baba MM, Ummate I, Hussein K
Background: Chronic kidney disease in the absence of traditional CKD risk factors has been found to contribute to the burden of kidney disease in communities all over the world. This hospital-based study is aimed at determining the prevalence of CKDu among CKD patients admitted into the renal unit of Federal Medical Centre, Nguru. Methods: Patients consisted of adults sequentially admitted into the renal unit of the medical ward of Federal Medical Centre Nguru. Clinical parameters such as age, sex, presence of risk factors for kidney disease were obtained from each patient. Laboratory parameters such as PCV, electrolytes, urea and creatinine, phosphate, calcium were also obtained. Glomerular filtration rate was calculated using the modification of diet in renal disease (MDRD) formula. Results: Two hundred and seventy-eight patients were admitted during the study period. Their ages ranged from 18 to 75 years with a mean±SD of 44.64±16.09 years. There were 138 (49.5%) males and 140 (50.5%) females; male:female ratio 1:1.02. Out of the study population, 83.6% were married. Mean blood pressures were 120.00±14.14 mmHg and 75.25±9.91 mmHg for systolic and diastolic respectively. Mean PCV was 20.25±7.05%, urea and creatinine were 27.46±8.95mmol/l and 1243.25±651.46µmol/l. Mean GFR was 7.44±9.80 ml/minute/1.73m2 with 90.3% of patients presenting in stage 5. The prevalence of CKDu amongst them was 20.5%. Conclusion: This study showed that the prevalence of CKDu is high in Northern districts of Yobe State, North Eastern Nigeria. Further studies will be required to define environmental or cultural factors that contribute to the high prevalence in this region

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Prevalence of Respiratory Symptoms and Lung Function Status of Firefighters in Benin City, Nigeria

Isara AR, Egbagbe EE
Background: To determine the prevalence of respiratory symptoms and lung function status of the firefighters in Benin City, Nigeria. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study carried out among firefighters in Benin City, Nigeria. Data was collected using relevant section of the Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease Initiative (BOLD) questionnaire. The lung function parameters were measured using the Koko Legend® spirometer. Data was analyzed using IBM SPSS Statistics version 20. Results: A total of 59 firefighters were studied. Their mean age (SD) was 42.1 (11.6) years. Males constituted 69.5%. The commonest respiratory symptoms were nasal congestion 11.9%, chest pain 10.2%, dyspnoea 8.5%, cough 6.8%, shortness of breath 5.1%, wheezing 3.4% and sputum production 3.4%. The mean FEV1 (2.69 ± 0.98L vs 2.15 ± 0.74L), FVC (3.29 ± 1.15L vs 2.54 ± 0.90L) and PEF (7.84 ± 3.30L/s vs 6.19 ± 2.07L/s) values were significantly higher among firefighters actively involved in firefighting than those in the administrative department (p = 0.024, 0.010 and 0.038 respectively). The FEV1/FVC ratio of the active firefighters was lower, 81.8% ± 8.0 vs 84.1% ± 7.4 (p = 0.262). Firefighters in the administrative department were four and five times more likely to have lower predicted FEV1 (Adjusted OR = 4.02, 95% CI = 0.87, 18.57) and FVC (Adjusted OR = 5.16, 95% CI = 1.11, 23.89) respectively than those in the operations department. Conclusion: The prevalence of respiratory symptoms was generally low in the firefighters studied. Most of those in operations showed obstructive abnormality while a higher proportion of those in administrative department showed restrictive abnormality. We recommend yearly lung function testing on all firefighters and long-term medical monitoring

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Oxidative Stress and Lipid Profile among Hypertensive Patients at a Tertiary Centre in Kano, Northwest, Nigeria

Babandi A, Mohammed I, Murtala Y, Danbaba S, Shehu D, Jobbi Y, Babagana K, Yakasai MH, Ibrahim S, Ibrahim A
Background: Hypertension as a global public health challenge is a major risk factor for cardiovascular (CVD) and coronary heart diseases (CHD) because of its chronic sequelae. It is accompanied by dyslipidemia and oxidative stress leading to increase in lipid peroxidation. This study aimed to measure the fasting serum lipid profile and malondialdehyde (MDA) and determine the atherogenic index as well as the cardiovascular risk ratio among hypertensive patients in Kano, Nigeria. Patients and Methods: Two hundred subjects (100 hypertensive patients vs. 100 normotensive controls) were recruited for the study. The fasting serum lipid profile and MDA were assayed using routine laboratory methods. Lipid ratios that predict and identify an individual’s increased risk for cardiovascular diseases were then determined from the results of the profile. Results: The serum total cholesterol (7.0±0.5 vs 4.1±0.4 mmol/L), triglycerides (2.9±0.2 vs 2.0±0.3 mmol/Lg/dl), LDL cholesterol (3.8±0.4 vs 2.6±0.4 mmol/L), VLDL cholesterol (3.0±0.2 vs 2.1±0.2 mmol/L) and MDA (TBARS) (9×10-5±1.4×10-5 vs 3×106±0.9×10-6 mol/l) were significantly (p<0.05) increase in hypertensive patients compared to normotensive controls. HDL cholesterol was significantly higher (p<0.05) in normotensive controls compared to hypertensive patients (31.4±8 vs 23.9±6 mg/dl). A statistically significant (p<0.05) positive correlation was observed between LDL cholesterol and MDA only. Both the atherogenic index (AI) ratio and the CardioRisk ratio were significantly higher in Hypertensives than Normal controls (10.4 vs 4.1; 11.7 vs 5.1 respectively). Conclusion: This study demonstrated an increased occurrence of atherogenic lipid profile and oxidative stress among hypertensive patients. It further showed a strong correlation between dyslipidaemia and oxidative stress. Therapeutic lifestyle changes and use of statins should be considered an integral part of the treatment for hypertensive patients in Nigeria

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Sonographic Determination of Renal Volume and its Correlation with Body Mass Index Among Healthy Adults in Kano, Nigeria

Saleh MK, Danbatta AH
Background: Kidney dimensions, including volume, of a patient is a valuable diagnostic parameter in nephrology and urologic practice and vary with age, gender, body mass index, pregnancy and co-morbid conditions. Congenital and some important morbid conditions affect renal dimensions and some of these pathologic conditions have close relationship with BMI. Aim and Objectives: To determine the normal ultrasound volume in healthy adults and to correlate it with the Body Mass Index (BMI). Materials and Methods: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study in which kidney dimensions were acquired and from which the volumes were determined using the ellipsoid formula. The anthropometric variables of the patients were documented, and the BMI calculated. Variations of the renal volume with sex and age, and the relationship of the renal volumes with BMI were determined. Results: A total number of 400 adult subjects were recruited for the study, with a M:F ratio of 3:1. The mean age was 39±13.2 years. The mean BMI was 22.95±3.20kg/m2. The mean renal volumes were 140.0±30.5cm3 and 149.5±34.6cm3 on the right and left sides respectively. There was a positive correlation between the BMI and right renal volume (p<0.01; r= 0.188) and BMI with left renal volume (p<0.01; r= 0.218). There was also positive correlation between the right and left renal volumes and age (P<0.01) and gender (P<0.01; P<0.05). Conclusion: Positive correlations were noted between the renal volumes and body mass index, age, sex and sides

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Assessment of Family Functioning amongst Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis in Nigeria: A Multicentre Cross-Sectional Study

Abubakar Yerima, Richard Akintayo, Akpabio A Akpabio, Hakeem Olaosebikan, Courage Uhunmwangho
Background: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of disability and reduced quality of life. The disability associated with OA depends on the cultural and socioeconomic context. Therefore, the role of family in the management of OA cannot be over emphasized. Objective: To determine the levels of family functioning and the predictors of poor family functioning amongst patients with knee OA. Method: A multicentre cross-sectional study involving 250 adults satisfying the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) clinical criteria for Knee OA were recruited over a period of 3 months after approval by the Ethical Review Committee of each of the study centres. Interviewer-administered questionnaire was used to obtained relevant demographic and clinical information. Family functioning was assessed using Family APGAR (Adaptation, Partnership, Growth, Affection, and Resolve) questionnaire. Other variables assessed were pain, functional class, Sleep Quality, depression and radiographs. Analysis was done using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21. Binary logistic regression was used to determine predictors of family functioning. A P value < 0.05 was considered significant. Results: The mean age was 59.9±10.62 and 209 (83.6%) were females. One hundred and ninety-nine (79.6%) reported a highly functional family, 40 (16.0%) and 11 (4.4%) had moderate and severely dysfunctional family respectively. APGAR scores were significantly associated with ethnicity (p=0.007) and functional class (p=0.020) and depression (p=0.013) and was best predicted by ethnicity (p=0.018, OR-1.360, CI [1.054 – 1.754]. Conclusion: Patients with knee OA seen in this study have a good level of family support. Ethnicity was the best predictor of dysfunctional family

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Musculoskeletal Pain after Stroke: Prevalence, patterns and distribution among survivors in Maiduguri, North Eastern Nigeria

Rufa’i AA, Oyeyemi AL, Kadafa AF, Lawan A, Saidu IA, Aliyu SU, Jajere AM
Background: Musculoskeletal pain is one of the factors that limit movements at a joint and impede functional use of the limb as well as rehabilitation activities after stroke. Objective: This study determined the prevalence, pattern and distribution of musculoskeletal pain among stroke survivors receiving physiotherapy care in Maiduguri. Methods: A cross-sectional study design was used to recruit 94 stroke survivors from the physiotherapy clinics of two randomly selected tertiary hospitals in Maiduguri. In addition to sociodemographic and clinical characteristic information, musculoskeletal pain was assessed with the Box-Numerical Rating Scale. Prevalence, pattern and distribution of musculoskeletal pain were computed with frequency and percentages. Chi-square test was employed to compare the difference in the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain among participants with various socio-demographic and clinical characteristics. Results: The mean age, post-stroke duration and duration of physiotherapy intervention of the participants were 54.2±12.5 years, 18.27±23.98 months and 13.04±15.09 months, respectively. Majority of the participants experienced musculoskeletal pain within the first 3 months after stroke. The most commonly affected body region was the shoulder (80.7%) followed by the wrists/hand (60.2%) and the least affected body region was the elbow (38.5%). The overall prevalence of musculoskeletal pain was 88%. The prevalence was significantly (χ2 =4.5, p-value=0.034) higher among males (57.8%) than females (42.2%). Conclusion: The study found high prevalence of musculoskeletal pain among stroke patients with males more commonly affected than females, and the shoulder being the most commonly affected joint. Assessing musculoskeletal pain and effective interventions for improving pain should constitute an integral part of a stroke rehabilitation plan

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Comparative Evaluation of Diagnostic Accuracy of MESS and PSI in Lower Limb Amputation Following Trauma Presenting at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dala Kano

Yakubu Surajuddeen, Abdurrahman Alhaji Mamuda, Bashir Bello
Background: Mangled Extremity Severity Score (MESS) and Predictive Salvage Index (PSI) are two common diagnostic tools used to assess traumatic limb for amputation or salvage. However, there is paucity of local data with regards to accuracy of the tools. Objective: This study is therefore aimed at comparing the accuracy and predictive value of MESS and PSI in lower limb salvage and amputation following trauma in National Orthopaedic Hospital Dala (NOHD), Kano. Methodology: Twenty-three individuals with mangled extremity participated in this hospital-based one-year prospective, interventional study. Socio-demographic data of participants were collected and recorded as well as the severity of the injury at the time of initial presentation using both MESS and PSI by the researcher while the Consulting surgeons went ahead to make their decision as per their clinical routine without any influence from the researcher. Results: Findings of the study showed that MESS has a high sensitivity score of 89% and a low to medium specificity score of 43.8% with a positive predictive value (PPV) of 47.1% while PSI had a high specificity with low to medium sensitivity scores of 81.25% and 55% respectively with a PPV of 62.50%. Conclusion: The result of this study showed that MESS had high sensitivity and low specificity than PSI which had higher specificity and lower sensitivity than MESS in predicting amputation and limb salvage in patients with mangled lower extremity injuries. It is, therefore, recommended that surgeons should use both tools in decision making of limb salvage and amputation for optimal outcomes

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Effects of Sildenafil Citrate On Testicular Histology and Sperm Count During Wound Healing Process in Diabetic Rats

Mohammed B. Mahre, Saidu I. Ngulde, Bukar Umaru, Fakilahyel M. Mshelbwala, Dauda Yahi1, Abubakar Waziri, Aji T. Goni, Bitrus Wampana
Background: Thisstudy was carried out to determine the effects of sildenafil citrate on morphology of the testes and spermatogenesis during wound healing process in diabetic rats. Eighteen adult male Wistar rats randomly divided into two groups (A and B) of 9 rats per group were treated orally with sildenafil citrate at a dose of 50 mg/kg for 21 days and or/single dose of intraperitoneal injection of insulin (10 IU). Before treatment, type 1 diabetes mellitus was induced in group A by a single intraperitoneal injection of alloxan (130 mg/kg) and a square-shaped wound measuring 1.5 cm2 was created under anesthesia with ketamine at the dose rate of 50 mg/kg intraperitoneal injection on the dorsum of rats in all groups with the exception of 3 rats in group B. From each of the two groups (A and B), 9 rats were humanely sacrificed for histology and sperm count. This was done after the administration of the sildenafil citrate on day 21. The results of the study showed significant (p<0.05) decrease in testicular and epididymal sperm head counts. Sections of the testes showed severe vacuolar degeneration of germinal epithelial cells in the seminiferous tubules in diabetic rats during the 21 days of treatment with sildenafil citrate. This indicates that sildenafil citrate may not have any protective effect against testicular injury due to wound healing process in diabetic rats

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Electrocardiographic changes in newly diagnosed hypertensive patients at Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe

Yekeen Ayodele Ayoola, Ismail Olayemi Ayanbisi, Adah Bonny Ejeh, Okezie Ejeagba, Adamu Adamu, Henry Ifeanyichukwu Okolie

Background: Hypertension is an important public health problem globally with an increasing prevalence, severity and attendant complications on the heart and other internal organs. It was described as a silent killer due to its insidious onset and no obvious symptoms. Electrocardiogram (ECG) is a basic tool that can help determine some of the changes induced on the heart by systemic hypertension especially when it’s not diagnosed early. Objectives: To determine the pattern of ECG change in newly diagnosed hypertensives (HTN) at Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe. Methods: The ECG results of 1015 newly diagnosed HTN patients referred for electrocardiographic study between Jan 2012 and Dec 2016 were retrieved and reviewed. All the patients had their basic anthropometric parameters, systolic and diastolic blood pressure (BP) recorded. Descriptive statistics was used in analyzing the different ECG findings. Results: The mean age of patients was 49.3±14.8 years. The mean BMI was 28.9±6.5 kg/m. The mean systolic and diastolic BP were 154.7±22.0 mmHg and 93.7±12.5 mmHg respectively. The mean ECG’s Heart Rate (HR), PR interval and QTc interval were; 85.9±16.8ms, 154.1± 23.9ms, and 433.5±32.5ms respectively. The commonest ECG abnormality was left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) seen in 315(31.0%) of the patients. Some other abnormal ECG findings include; LAD (19.9%), LAE (18.7%), ST-T wave changes (14.1%), SB (1.8%), BBB (1.5%), AF (0.5%). Only 284(29%) of the patients had normal ECG. Conclusion: Most of the newly diagnosed hypertensives have already developed one or more cardiac related complications at the time of diagnosis. This further emphasizes the need for public enlightenment on regular BP check for early diagnosis and management of HTN.

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Inter-relationship between type-2 diabetes mellitus, obesity and Hypertension in Nigeria

Musa Muhammad Babandina, Idris Nasir Abdullahi, Anthony Uchenna Emeribe, Halima Ali Shuwa, Lawal Olayemi, Peter Omale Musa

Background: The trio; hypertension, obesity and type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) share similar risk factors and frequently co-exist. This hospital-based case-control study investigated the relationship between high blood pressure, body mass index and plasma glucose concentration among persons attending Nigeria National hospital, Abuja. Materials and methods: After ethical approval, 45 case subjects (known T2DM) and 45 controls (non-diabetics) within the age range of 25-60 years were enrolled and their body mass index and blood pressure (BP) measured. Furthermore, the case group were subdivided into 15 Diabetic patients ≤ 5 years on treatment (group 1), 15 Diabetic patients with cardiovascular disease (group 2), 15 Diabetic patients with nephropathy (group 3) and the control group subdivided into 15 apparently healthy subjects (control 1), 15 Non-diabetic patients with cardiovascular disease (control 2), and 15 Non-diabetic patients with nephropathy (control 3). Results: Seventy-five (83.3 %) of both the subject and control had no family history of diabetes while only 15 (16.7 %) were reported to have family history of diabetes. There was significant association between family history of diabetes with the presence of T2DM among participants (p = 0.001). Forty-one (45.5 %) of the subjects had normal BMI as against 49 (54.4 %) that were obese. Forty-four (48.8 %) of all groups were normotensive while 46 (51.1%) had high blood pressure (> 140/100 mmHg). Similarly, 41 (45.5 %) of the subjects had normal BMI as against 49 (54.4 %). There was significant difference in the proportions of overweight among the different study groups (p =0.007). High BMI occurred mostly in diabetic subjects with nephropathy. The diabetic subjects with nephropathy and apparently health non-diabetic subjects had the most cases of high BP. There is significant difference in blood pressure among the study groups (p=0.002). Conclusion: Findings from this study revealed that obesity and a family history of diabetes are important risk factors for T2DM. Hence, early BP management and body weight regulation are needed to prevent DM and its complications

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Fasting Blood Glucose Level Among Apparently Healthy Adults in Maiduguri North-Eastern Nigeria

Tukur MA, Gali RM, Mshelia DS, Geresis RY, Numan AI, Medugu JT

Background: For the past decades there has been an increase in type 2 diabetes mellitus worldwide including this environment, subsequently, baseline data is needed particularly in environment dependent on transferred reference values to access the level of fasting blood glucose. Objectives: This study was conducted to evaluate fasting blood glucose in apparently healthy adults in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Methodology: This is a cross-sectional study involving 308 participants: 258 apparently healthy non-pregnant adults, comprised of 162 males and 96 females and 50 pregnant women. A structured questionnaire was administered to those that consented and the subjects did overnight fast (between 10 and 12hours) before blood sampling. Blood glucose was measured using standard methods. Mean values of fasting blood glucose and body mass index were presented as mean ± standard deviation. Results: There was no significant difference in the fasting blood glucose of male (4.38±0.67 mmol/L) and female (4.38±0.60 mmol/L) subjects, (p = 0.93). The body mass index of female subjects 24.57±5.01 kg/m2 was significantly higher than their male counterparts 23.39±4.46 kg/m2 (p =0.05). There was an increasing trend of fasting blood glucose level (p = 0.85) and body mass index (p = 0.01) and also with increasing parity among the pregnant women. Conclusion: The fasting blood glucose level increases with weight, age, gestational age, and parity in pregnant women

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Foreign Body in the Throat: Any Trend Change?

Stephen Agbomhekhe Ogah

Background: Throat foreign bodies are surgical emergencies in both children and adults all over the world. Some patients may present with no obvious symptoms and for those that have symptoms, their symptoms may suggest which passage is involved. Children below the age of 10years are more affected than adults. Smooth objects like coins and seeds may pass through the gastrointestinal tract with little or no problem in about 30% of cases and so, such patients should be placed under close observation in the wards. Aims/Objectives: To determine the types, site of impaction and method of removal of such foreign bodies among patients seen in our health facility. Methodology: This is a 3-year retrospective study conducted at the ENT Unit of the Department of Surgery Federal Medical Centre Lokoja, North Central Nigeria. From the hospital Medical Records, a total of 82 patients were managed for foreign body in the throat. However, folders for seven patients could not be traced, five folders had incomplete information in them, and the remaining 70 folders were included in the study. Data about their age, sex, presentation, duration, type, site of impaction, method of removal were extracted, studied and analysed. Results were presented in text, figure and table format. Results: A total of 70 patients were studied, 36 (51.4%) were males and 34 (48.6%) were females. The male to female ratio was 1.06:1, mean age was 17.14years ± 8.36 standard deviation and the most frequent age group involved was of 21-30 years with 26 (37.1 %) patients. Commonest site of impaction was the oropharynx (74.3%) followed by the upper oesophagus (11.4%). The most common foreign body was fishbone (57.2%) followed by denture (8.6%)

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Gastric Tuberculosis Simulating Gastric Malignancy: Case Report and Review of Literature

Ahmadu MS, Luntsi G, Umar UH, Farate A

Background: Gastric tuberculosis (TB), occurring as primary or secondary infection, is a rare manifestation of extrapulmonary tuberculosis infection and the signs and symptoms of this infection are nonspecific and can simulate gastric neoplasms. This case report aimed to draw attention to the possibility of gastric TB simulating a gastric malignancy and to remind clinicians to consider gastric TB as a differential diagnosis in a patient presenting with features simulating gastric tumour, especially when there is past history of PTB. We, therefore, present a rare case of secondary gastric TB simulating gastric malignancy in a 45-year-old man with past history of pulmonary tuberculosis

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Endometriosis of Sigmoid Colon Mimicking Cancer: A Rare and Abnormal Presentation

Nasiru Raheem, Dauda W Wadinga, Haruna A Nggada, Jesini Ngamdu

Background: Endometriosis causing intestinal obstruction could be misdiagnosed as colon cancer due to similarities in clinical presentation. This is a case of endometriosis of sigmoid colon in a 37-year-old nulliparous woman who presented with intestinal obstruction that necessitated partial colectomy. Histological examination revealed endometriosis of the sigmoid colon and the report was received by both the surgeons and patient with joyous surprise. We present this case for its mimic of colon cancer clinically, rarity and abnormal presentation

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Superficial Femoral Artery Pseudoaneurysm Following Blast Injury in a Child: A Case Report

Umar UH, Yunusa DM, Farate A, Bakari AA

Background: Pseudoaneurysms are vascular abnormalities due to disruption of the arterial wall. Pseudoaneurysm of the superficial femoral artery following bomb-blast injury is extremely rare. We report a case of 9-year-old girl who presented with one-month history of painful progressive swelling in the left thigh with previous history of improvised explosive device trauma. Doppler ultrasound scan confirmed the diagnosis of pseudoaneurysm of the superficial femoral artery and the patient had an uneventful surgical repair. High index of suspicion following penetrating trauma of the limb and Doppler ultrasound (US) scan are important for accurate diagnosis of pseudoaneurysm. Prompt treatment is also warranted to prevent life threatening complications such as rupture and thromboembolism. The classical findings of ‘ying-yang’ sign on colour Doppler US and ‘to and fro’ spectral waveform on pulse Doppler US for diagnosis of pseudoaneurysm were demonstrated.

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FACTOR V- LEIDEN GENE MUTATION AMONG NATURAL POPULATION OF MAIDUGURI, NORTH EAST NIGERIA

Obi, SO, Bukar, A, Amilo, GI, Medugu, JT, Waziri, G, Digban, KA, Osareniro, OE, Aladenika, ST, Olaniyan, MF, Jeremiah, ZA.

Background: The emergence of inexplicable thrombotic events with unrecognised mechanism in the recent times warranted the investigation of otherwise-uncommon risk factors for thromboembolic phenomena. It is a common cause of inherited thrombophilia associated with venous thromboembolism (VTE), recurrent pregnancy loss, infertility, contraceptive or hormone replacement related coagulopathy, and cerebral palsy. This study therefore aimed at exploring the of factor V –Leiden (FVL) gene mutation among the natural population of Maiduguri.
Methods: This is a cross-sectional study which was carried out between January 2013 and March 2014. Ninety-eight (98) healthy blood donors from ethnic population of Maiduguri, northeast of Nigeria were recruited prospectively & consecutively. They were investigated for factor VLeiden genotype by- Amplification Created Restriction Enzyme Site (ACRES) polymerase chain reaction. Data was presented as percentage and Newman-Keuls post hoc was used to compare variables.
Result: Factor V-Leiden mutation was not detected in any of the 98 subjects screened; all expressed normal genotype for factor V gene (F5) 1619 G/G. Protein C (PC) and Proteins S (PS) analysis revealed that all the subjects had normal plasma percentage (%) activities for these natural anticoagulants.
Conclusion: FVL mutation is probably a rare genetic trait among ethnic population of Maiduguri northeast of Nigeria

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COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF ENZYME LINKED IMMUNOSORBENT ASSAY METHOD AND IMMUNOCHROMATOGRAPHIC RAPID TEST STRIP IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF HEPATITIS B VIRUS INFECTION AMONG HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS INFECTED PATIENTS IN NORTH WESTERN NIGERIA

Bello Hali, Halima Yunusa Raji, Ahmad Abdurrahman Elfulaty, Odugu Jude, Abubakar Umar Musa, Nasiru Abubakar.

Background: This study aimed at comparing results of the rapid test strips and ELISA method in the detection of HBsAg among HIVinfected patients.
Methods: The study was a cross sectional in which 180 treatment naïve adult HIV infected patients were screened for HBsAg using rapid test strips and these were re-tested for HBsAg with ELISA method. The + CD4 T cell counts was performed with Cyflowcounter machine. Interviewer administered questionnaire technique was adopted in obtaining information about the study participants.
Results: Eighteen (10%) and thirty seven (20.6 %) patients were positive for HBsAg using HBsAg rapid test strips and HBsAg ELISA kit respectively. The false positive and false negative of the rapid test strips with ELISA as a gold standard were 11.11 % and 12.96 % respectively. The sensitivity and specificity of rapid test strips with ELISA as a gold standard were 43.24 % and 98.60 % respectively. About 22(59.5 %) of those positive for HBsAg with ELISAmethod were severely immunosuppressed.
Conclusion: Rapid test strips were inferior compared to ELISA in the detection of HBsAg among HIV infected patients and severe immunosuppression might impair the performance of rapid test strips. Manufacturing companies need to improve on their rapid test strips. Validation of rapid test strips prior to their usages should be ensured. WHO and member states should come up with standard protocol for the screening and diagnosis of HBVinfection and there is need to step up HBVimmunization strategies.

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SYRINGE PLUNGER ASPIRATION TECHNIQUE (SPAT): A SIMPLE BEDSIDE AND FIELD TECHNIQUE FOR ASSESSING PNEUMOTHORA

Bello US , Babayo UD

Background: A simple technique for diagnosing pneumothorax caused by disease or trauma using the syringe plunger aspiration technique (SPAT) is discussed. It's simple, reproducible and can be helpful where radiographs are not readily available or inconclusive radiographic findings,in patients living at remote places and during mass casualty. Therapeutic needle aspiration is an established strategy for diagnosing pleural fluid collection but its place as a diagnostic tool for pneumothorax is unclear. SPAT minimizes any potential iatrogenic pneumothorax that may occur with a wide bore needle hence the use of size 21G needle and is a favorable screening test.
Objectives: The objective is to provide an easy, reliable appendage for assessing pneumothorax, determining its sensitivity / specificity, and to compare the efficacy of SPAT with other methods
Methodology: This study investigates pneumothorax diagnosis from 2010 to 2012 using 5mls 1 syringe and needle (21G × 1 / “).The study method is a primary intervention one, where a 5mls 2 th th syringe and hypodermal needle (21G) were inserted at the 4 or 5 intercostal space between the anterior axillary line and midaxillary line under aseptic technique and the plunger drawn, in patients with suspicion of pneumothorax. The presence of aspirated air in the syringe from pneumothorax retains the plunger in place, preventing its retraction back.
Result: A total of 21 patients were reviewed. Syringe plunger aspiration technique's (SPAT) was carried out in all cases with sensitivity of 1, specificity of 0.66, positive predictive value (PPV) of 0.94, negative predictive value (NPV) of 1, and accuracy 0.95. The graduation on the syringe using SPAT was accurate in estimating massive pneumothorax in 4 patients as complete lung collapse by radiograph tally fully with plunger displacement exceeding the 5mls mark.
Conclusion: Our SPAT sensitivity of 100% makes it important as a screening test of pneumothorax where a missed diagnosis can have a grim consequences.

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EXPECTATIONS AND CHALLENGES OF GENERATION Y FEMALE DOCTORS: FINDINGS FROM A TERTIARY TEACHING HOSPITAL, NORTH CENTRAL NIGERIA

 

Lar, LA , Wudiri, ZW , Wash-Pam AA ; Abubakar JD , Banwat, ME

Background: There is increasing number of women joining the medical profession and the expectations and challenges they face are unique to their profession and role as homemakers. Notable are the “Generation Y” female doctors, whose peculiar characteristics distinguished them. Objectives - This study aimed to identify the expectations and challenges faced by female millennial doctors, brought about by misunderstanding of their peculiar needs as a generation.
Methods: This was a descriptive, cross sectional study, involving 108 participants selected by cluster sampling technique. A pre–tested, interviewer administered questionnaire was used to collect data that was analyzed using Epi-info statistical software; version 3.4.5. A p value =0.05 was considered statistically significant.
Results: They had a mean age of 30.54 ± 3.96 years and 46 (42.6%) of them were aged 26-30 years. Majority 75(69.4%) of the respondents were House Officers, Medical Officers and Juniour Registrars. Ninety eight (90.7%) of them had less than 120 months working experience. Senior Registrars and Consultants totaled 33 (30.6%), while those with work experience greater than 120 months were 10 (9.3%). Most; 60 (55.6%) of them had fulfilled work expectations, while 48 (44.4%) did not. There were statistically significant relationship (p= 0.0208) between the cadres of the Doctors and the negative effect of work on the family and between long working hours and its negative effects on the family; (p=0.0500). More; 67 (89.3%) Juniour doctors had negative work related effects on their family p=0.0170.
Conclusion: The study demonstrated that some work related challenges impact negatively on the family. This includes general quality of family life including happiness and family health.Therefore, the Government and relevant institutions at all levels should revise policies that promote work family balance for the female worker. A culture of interactions and mentorship between the older and younger doctors; particularly female doctors should also be encouraged

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A FIVE-YEAR REVIEW OF FEMALE GENITAL TRACT MALIGNANCIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MAIDUGURI TEACHING HOSPITAL, MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA

 
Hadiza A. Usman , Bala M. Audu , Mohammed Bukar , Ahmed Mayun , Ibrahim M. Sanusi
Background: The burden of female genital track malignancies is of public health concern worldwide. Determining the prevalence will help in policy formulations and priority setting for disease prevention and management in health institutions in Northeast Nigeria.
Objectives: To determine the frequency, trend and age pattern of female genital cancers in a referral tertiary health facility in Northeast Nigeria.
Methods: A retrospective descriptive analysis of histologically confirmed cancers of the female st genital tract managed at the University of Maiduguri Teaching hospital for the period 1 st January, 2011 to 31 December, 2015.
Results: Female genital tract malignancies constituted 32% of all female cancers and 7% of gynaecological admission in this study. Cervical cancer was the most common gynaecological malignancy constituting 59.3 % (n=128) followed by ovarian cancer (n=46; 21.3%). Other genital tract malignancies seen include uterine cancer (n=22; 10.2%; majority of which were endometrial cancer (n=19; 8.8%) while uterine sarcoma constituted 3(1.4%)). Choriocarcinoma and vulva cancers contributed 7% (n=15) and 1.4% (n=3) respectively. While cervical cancer was on the decrease, ovarian cancer showed a rising trend during the period under review. The age range for all gynaecological cancers was 18 to 85 years and the mean age (SD) was 43.8 (± 14.5) years. The mean age (SD) for cervical cancer was 51.5(± 12.1). A third of the cervical cancer cases were 20-39 years old. Choriocarcinoma is commoner in younger age groups with a mean age (SD) of 26.6(± 8.0).Vulva and vaginal cancers are least common and occurred in those greater than 60years.
Conclusions: Thirty two per cent of all female cancers were of female genital tract and cervical cancer was still the common female genital tract cancer in this facility. The high prevalence of cervical cancer and increasing trend of ovarian cancer calls for awareness campaign and targeted population screening program for female genital cancer in this region.

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OUR EXPERIENCE WITH LITTLE HOLE APPENDICECTOMY AND DESCRIPTION OF HOW WE DO IT

 

Babayo UD, Bello US

Background: Appendicectomy is among the commonest performed surgery. Scarless or minimal scar is now sought by patients. The value of laparoscopic over open appendicectomy is not establish to draw definitive conclusions and generalization, unlike in cholecystectomy; with higher cost, three scars sites and longer operative time. Minimal access appendicectomy is performed via open surgery with only a scar and has been documented. Our technique is also a modified Lanz that places the skin incision 1.5cm medial to the anterior superior iliac spine which gets easily on to the caecum with limited obscured small bowel. The description of technique adds to medical literature and experience in homogenous black population which this paper addresses.
Objectives: To review our little hole open appendicectomy and describe how we do it. To serve as a teach-book for rising scarless surgery requests in our African setting, though not intended for apprentice surgeon.
Methodology:This is a retrospective study of little hole appendicectomies from 2000 -2010.
Result: Thirty nine (39) patients were reviewed,33 females (84.6%) and 6 males (15.38%). 4 patients had incision size 1 cm, 27 patient had 1.5 cm and 8 patients had incision of 2cm.The shortest operative time was 20 minutes and the longest was 55 minutes with a mean operative time of 27.9 minutes.
Conclusion: with appropriate patient selection, little hole open appendicectomy is effective and has a good outcome

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NASOMUCOCILIARY CLEARANCE TIME AMONG HEALTHY NIGERIANS

 
Afolabi Olushola A, Shaibu Stephen B, Segun-Busari Segun, Omokanye Habeeb K, Olosunde Lanre J, Ajodoh O Monday, Ehalaiye Bolorunduro F
Background: Objective:To determine reference values for Nasal Time (NMCT) among healthy Nigerian population using the saccharine test.
Methods: This was a prospective, cross-sectional, descriptive study that was carried in a Nigerian tertiary hospital using consented healthy relative of patients, hospital staffs, students and civil servants as participants after ethical approval from the institution. Using questionnaire, Information retrieved included socio-demographic profile and saccharine transit time. All information were entered into SPSS version 20.0 and analysed.
Results: one hundred and eighty eight (188) of the 200 volunteers screened satisfy the inclusion. Eighty five (85) male and 103 females, M: F of 1: 1.2. Age range was 10-85years, modal age group was 18-40years, mean age was 31.01years. Minimum NMCT recorded was 6 minutes and maximum was 43minutes with Mean NMCT 15.5minutes.
Conclusion: NMCT among healthy Nigerians was in the range of Mucociliary clearance is an important defence mechanism in the human respiratory system. Mucociliary Clearance 12.5 minutes-18.5 minutes with a mean duration of 15.5 minutes, slightly higher in females than the males and NMCT increases with age.

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ORAL HEALTH KNOWLEDGE AND DENTAL ATTENDANCE AMONG ADOLESCENTS WITH AND WITHOUT DENTAL FEAR

 

Ogbebor OG, Azodo CC

Objective: To determine the prevalence of dental fear and to compare oral health knowledge and dental attendance among the adolescents in north central zone of Nigeria with and without dental fear.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 350 children aged 15-19 years old recruited using multistage sampling technique from State owned secondary schools in Minna, Niger State. A self-administered questionnaire elicited information on demographic characteristics, oral health knowledge, toothache experience, gingival bleeding, dental attendance and dental fear.
Results: The majority (92.8%) of the participants reported that they give equal care to their teeth and bodies. Less than half (42.8%) reported poor/fair oral health knowledge; toothache (40.2%) while 56.4% and 54.9% reported gingival bleeding and dental attendance respectively. A total of 128 (3.7.0%)of the 346 participants reported dental fear .Participants with poor/fair oral health knowledge and toothache experience reported significantly more dental fear (P=0.003 and 0.016) respectively. The prevalence of severe dental fear among participants that visited dental clinic was 36.8%. The only determinant of dental fear among the participants was oral health knowledge.
Conclusion: The prevalence of dental fear in this study was high and it was found to be significantly associated with oral health knowledge and toothache experience. However, it was only oral health knowledge that emerged as the determinant of dental fear

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HISTOPATHOLOGICAL REVIEW OF MALE BREAST CANCER IN KANO, NORTHWESTERN NIGERIA: A TEACHING HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE

 
Imam Mohammed Ibrahim, Akinfenwa Taoheed Atanda
Background: Male breast cancer is rare worldwide and accounts for about 1% of all breast cancer cases. Previous studies in Nigeria and other parts of the world attest to the rarity of male breast cancer. However, there is no published report on male breast cancer from Kano, Northern Nigeria despite the increasing incidence in Africans.
Objective: This study describes the age frequency and morphological pattern of male breast cancer in Kano, Northwestern Nigeria.
Materials and Methods: This was a 16-year (2001-2016) retrospective study of all male breast cancer cases that were histologically diagnosed at the histopathology department of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano. The histology slides were retrieved and reviewed. Fresh sections from archival paraffin blocks were obtained when original slides could not be retrieved and special stains deployed where necessary. The cases were then classified by the authors and the results were then analyzed, presented using frequency table and line diagram while the tissue microscopy presented as photomicrographs.
Results: A total of 1,006 breast cancer cases were diagnosed during the 16-year review period. Out of this number, 61(6.1%) cases were males. The age range was between 28 and 79 years with a mean age of 64.5 years. The highest frequency of 26 (42.6%) cases occurred between 61-70 years while the lowest frequency of 2 (3.3%) cases occurred in the third decade. Invasive Carcinoma NST was the predominant histological type accounting for 42 (68.9%) cases. This was followed by papillary carcinoma with 6 (9.8%) cases, medullary carcinoma with 4 (6.6%) cases and lobular carcinoma with 3 (4.9%) cases.
Conclusion: Breast cancer though uncommon in males, it accounts for 6.1% of all breast cancer cases in this study, which further confirms the higher incidence in Africans. Most of the presentations were in the seventh decade and invasive Carcinoma was the predominant histological subtype.

 

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RIFAMPICIN RESISTANT TUBERCULOSIS: PREVALENCE AND RISK FACTORS AMONG PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS PATIENTS IN MAIDUGURI, NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA

 
Kida IM, Garbati MA, Ummate I, Goni BW, Bakki B, Dayar AD, Yusuph H.
Background: The introduction of GeneXpert technology for the diagnosis of tuberculosis and detection of rifampicin resistance has revolutionised the efforts of TB control in Africa. Even with this renewed efforts, there is paucity of data on Multidrug Resistant/Rifampicin Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR/RR-TB) in North eastern Nigeria. This study aimed to assess the prevalence of rifampicin resistant-TB and its associated risk factors in this region plagued by insurgency.
Methods: A retrospective review of records of 136 sputum smear positive pulmonary TB cases between September 2014 and January 2017 was undertaken. The sociodemographic and risk factors were obtained from the patients' case notes. Detection of MTB and rifampicin resistance was done using automated polymerase chain reaction (GeneXpert MTB/RIF). Data were analyzed using statistical Package for social sciences (SPSS) version 20; bivariate logistic regression was used to assess associations between various risk factors.
Results: The age range of the patients was 18 to 85 years, with a mean age of 33.1 ±7.67 years. Males constituted a majority (61.8%) of the patients. Overall, 94.1% of the samples from the studied population were susceptible to rifampicin and 5.9% were resistant. Previous use of antiTB medication was the only statistically significant risk factor associated with rifampicin resistance.
Conclusion: Rifampicin resistant TB is prevalent in our community housing many internally displaced persons, and high index of suspicion is required to avoid its spread. Use of previous anti-TB medication was identified as an independent risk factor for acquisition of rifampicin resistant TB, and this calls for the strengthening of TB control programmes in the region

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HEALTH SEEKING BEHAVIOUR OF CAREGIVERS OF UNDER-FIVES DURING EPISODES OF ACUTE RESPIRATORY INFECTION IN AN URBAN COMMUNITY IN EDO STATE

 
Osarogiagbon WO, Isara AR
Background: Early recognition of symptoms and signs of acute respiratory infection by caregivers at home and reporting quickly in a health centre is key to a favourable outcome during episodes of acute respiratory infection in underfives. However, several variables may determine early or late presentation in the hospital.
Objective: To determine the level of awareness concerning acute respiratory infection among caregivers. To assess the pattern of and determinants of health seeking behaviour of caregiver of under-five children with acute respiratory infection in Edaiken Community, Benin City, Edo State.
Method: A descriptive cross-sectional community-based study was carried out in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria. A multi-staged, sampling technique was used to select the caregivers. Data collection was by a pretested researcher administered questionnaire.
Results: Of the 346 caregivers that participated in this study, 293 (84.7%) were mothers. The respondents were predominantly in the age range 21 – 30 years which was 191 (55.2%). Those with secondary education were majority with 214 (61.8%). Majority of the mothers were in the middle economic class, 199 (57.5%). Of the 346 caregivers, 337 (97.4%) agreed that they have heard of ARI. Concerning health seeking behaviour, 121 (35.0%) will visit a health facility, 297 (85.8%) will buy drugs in the chemist, 192 (55.5%) will treat at home with native remedies. The higher the educational level of the caregiver the higher the proportion of those with good health seeking behaviour.
Conclusion: Caregiversin Edaiken community had high level of awareness. Majority of the caregivers exhibited poor health seeking behaviour, majority preferred to buy drugs in the patent medicine stores during acute respiratory infection episodes.

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PATTERN OF GLOMERULAR DISEASES IN GOMBE, NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA

 
Sulaiman MM , Lawan AI , Bakki B , Abdullahi YM , Aliyu UB , Sanni IO , Ummate I , Usman AU , Shettima J , Pindiga UH .
Background: Glomerular diseases contribute significantly to the burden of chronic kidney disease and end stage kidney disease in Nigeria. Most patients present with end stage kidney disease when the primary diagnosis could not be made coupled with the fact that there is also very low rate of kidney biopsies in our hospitals. In most developed countries, IgA nephropathy is the most frequent histological entity diagnosed. Studies in the United States have found that focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is the leading glomerular disease among African American population. Genetic factors such as having the APOL1 gene have been implicated in the preponderance of FSGS among Africans. Improved kidney biopsy will add to the understanding of the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease in Africa.
Materials and Methods: The study is a cross sectional study carried out at the Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe between October 2016 and May 2017 on consenting adults who had indication for kidney biopsy. All patients were negative for hepatitis B, C and HIV. Kidney biopsyspecimen were stained and examined with light microscopy.
Results: Out of the ten (10) patients biopsied, 70% (7) were male, their ages ranged from 19 to 54 years with a mean of 34.25±12.45 years. Nephrotic syndrome was the commonest indication for renal biopsy (60%). Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis was seen in 50% of patients.
Conclusion: Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis is the commonest glomerular disease in Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe

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PREVALENCE OF HEAD AND NECK CANCERS IN LOKOJA, KOGI STATE, NORTH CENTRAL NIGERIA

 
Stephen Agbomhekhe Ogah
Background: Head and Neck cancers constitute about 5-8% of total body cancers and are more common among the elderly, those with previous exposure to radiation, petrochemical byproducts and anti-cancers' drugs. Alcohol and tobacco have a synergistic causal effect on these cancers. Managing these cancers is challenging due to late presentation, funds and lack of necessary facilities.
Objectives: To determine the prevalence of head and neck cancers in Lokoja, to have a baseline data for future references and for public awareness programs.
Materials and Methods: A review of the data obtained from the Cancer Registry at Federal Medical Centre Lokoja North Central Nigeria from 2009 January to 2016 December was under taken and results presented in text and table format.
Results: A total of 303 cancers were histological diagnosed and registered in the hospital cancer register. They were 114 breast (37.8%), 99 prostate (32.7%), 31 skin (1023%), 28 lymphatic (9.24%), 18(5.9%) head and neck cancers and 13(4.2%) others. Of the 18 head and neck cancers found, Males were 8 and females were 10, and the male to female ratio was 1:1.25. Their ages range from 11 to 80 years, with a mean age of 28.33 years and a modal age of 51-60 years. Nasopharyngeal cancers were found commonest (38.8%), followed respectively by parotid cancers (22.2%) and thyroid cancers (11.1%).
Conclusions: Although head and neck cancers are relatively uncommon, this study had shown that they exist and with nasopharyngeal cancer being the commonest.

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BILATERAL SECOND BRANCHIAL ARCH FISTULA IN A 19 YEAR OLD - A CASE REPORT

 
Abubakar Adamu, Hamman Ibrahim Grandawa, Yusuf Bukar Ngamdu, Haruna Ngadda

SUMMARY
Developmental anomalies involving the branchial apparatus result in branchial cysts, sinuses and fistulas. A congenital branchial fistula is not as commonly encountered as a cyst or sinus. Branchial fistulas mostly arise from the second branchial arch and present at birth. Only few cases are bilateral. Complete branchial fistulas with both external and internal openings are rare. We present a case of bilateral branchial fistula with both external and internal openings in a 19 year old male which is a rare occurrence

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STAGE IIB CARCINOMA OF THE UTERINE CERVIX IN A PATIENT WITH BILATERAL PELVIC KIDNEYS: A RADIOTHERAPEUTIC CHALLENGE

 
Adamu D. Bojude, Musa Ali-Gombe, Aminu U. Usman, Atara I. Ntekim

SUMMARY
Background:
The occurrence of invasive cervical cancer in a patient with a congenital pelvic kidney is a rare clinical condition that complicates the use of external beam radiotherapy to the pelvis for cervical cancer because the kidney(s) lies within the radiation field a situation associated with risk of radiation injury, nephritis and malignant hypertension.
Objectives: To report a case of a lady with stage 2B cancer of the cervix who has bilateral pelvic kidneys.
Case: A case of 45-year old para 6 lady with stage 2B cancer of the cervix and a bilateral pelvic kidney, she was managed with external beam radiotherapy (box technique), brachytherapy and chemotherapy. The pelvic kidneys were shielded from the radiation beam appropriately. Six years after treatment she was free of locoregional recurrence and distant metastasis, her blood pressure and renal function were normal.
Conclusion: Chemoradiotherapy was offered to this patient after shielding of the pelvic kidneys. All patients with cancer of the cervix or pelvic tumours should have a thorough abdominopelvic examination before treatment to rule out and prevent unintended radiation injury to the kidney(s)

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RENAL ARTERY STENOSIS WITH SEVERE HYPERTENSION: A CASE REPORT

 
Suwaid MA

SUMMARY
Background:
Renal artery stenosis (RAS) is found in 77% of hypertensive patients and is responsible for 1-2% of systemic hypertension. Arteriosclerotic renal artery disease is commonly seen in older patient and rarely seen below 50years, while fibromuscular dysplasia is seen in young adult female with age range of 15-30years.
Objectives: A case of incidentally diagnosed congenital RAS with severe hypertension in a 28- year old lady and the role of radiology in diagnosis of RAS is reported.
Case: A 28-year old lady who presented to the general outpatient department of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital with 3days history of headache, dizziness and malaise. The patient was not a known hypertensive or diabetic. Examination revealed high blood pressure of 160/120mmHg. Abdominal ultrasound revealed a shrunken right kidney, Intravenous urography showed delayed nephrogram and delayed excretory phase with decrease density in the collecting systems, computed tomogram confirmed shrunken right kidney. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) showed the stenosed right renal artery involving the ostium and the proximal one-third.
Conclusion: Renal artery stenosis should be suspected in young people with unexplained hypertension and radiologic investigations are key in confirming diagnosis

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