Pattern of Adult Surgical Admissions at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Bayelsa State - a 2 Year Review

Authors

  • Paingha Joe Alagoa Department of Surgery, Faculty of Clinical sciences, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State
  • Hudson Samuel Ukoima Department of Surgery, Faculty of Clinical sciences, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.60787/tnhj.v14i4.180

Keywords:

Adult Surgical Admissions, Pattern, Niger Delta, Nigeria

Abstract

Background: It is important to know the pattern of disease in any environment as this information is useful in planning intervention strategies. There is however a paucity of studies on the pattern of surgical diseases in Nigeria. We therefore aim to document the pattern of surgical diseases in adult surgical in- patients at the Niger delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Bayelsa State.

Methods: All adult surgical patients admitted into the wards at the Niger delta University teaching hospital between January, 2010 and December, 2012 were retrospectively studied.

Results: A total of597 adult surgical in- patients were studied. There were 438 (73.5%) males and 158 (26.5%) females. The mean age of patients was 42.9± 18.2 years. The commonest diagnostic category was trauma 31.7%. This was followed by gastrointestinal conditions 20.6%, external hernias 16.1%, malignancies 8.2%, genitourinary conditions 7.7%, leg ulcers 6.5%, soft tissue infections 3.0% and others 6.2%. We observed a mortality rate of 7.5% which was highest among patients with malignancies at 24.5%.

Conclusion: Trauma was the commonest cause of surgical admission while the percentage of deaths was highest in patients with malignancies.

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Published

2015-12-25

How to Cite

Alagoa, P. J., & Ukoima, H. S. (2015). Pattern of Adult Surgical Admissions at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Bayelsa State - a 2 Year Review. The Nigerian Health Journal, 14(4), 183. https://doi.org/10.60787/tnhj.v14i4.180

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