oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Aetiology of mental retardation in Nigerian children around Enugu

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



An attempt was made to delineate the pattern of mental retardation in 291 Nigerian children in Enugu. In 33,99% the aetiology of mental retardation was congenital (present at birth), in 43,99% the cause was acquired and in the rest 23.02% no definite cause could be identified. The results, problems of diagnosis and management in relation to Nigeria are discussed. Massive support from the Government for improving the maternal and child welfare services as well as care for the mentally retarded children is solicited.

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