oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Abdominal trauma in south-eastern Nigeria

Volume 37, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



In a review of 74 consecutive patients with abdominal trauma operated upon at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria, between March 1983 and March 1988, 84 pc were males and 16 pc were females. Seventy-eight percent were aged below 30 years. Diagnosis and the decisions to operate were by a combination of clinical features and ancillary investigations which included abdominal X-rays, paracentesis abdominis and peritoneal lavage. Delaying operation beyond 24 hours of presentation contributed significantly to the mortality rate. Prompt evacuation of the injured, early evaluation and timely surgical intervention are advocated to further reduce mortality.

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