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Childhood intussusception in Benin City, Nigeria.

Authors
  • Odita, J C
  • Piserchia, N E
  • Diakporomre, M A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Tropical and geographical medicine
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1981
Volume
33
Issue
4
Pages
317–321
Identifiers
PMID: 7342376
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The clinical and radiological features of 24 cases of childhood intussusception presenting at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital are analysed. Nineteen (79%) children presented before the age of one year and the main symptoms were vomiting 87%, passage of bloody stool 62%, abdominal pain 50% and palpable abdominal mass 33%. The commonest aetiologic agent was ascariasis which was seen in three children. Radiological examination was found most useful in selecting patients for barium hydrostactic reduction, and a case is made for the use of the latter procedure in the treatment of childhood intussusception in developing countries. The high case fatality rate of 25% is related to the late presentation of children to hospital.

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