oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Disease pattern in the elderly

Volume 37, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Analysis of the disease pattern in elderly patients was carried out over a seven-year period (1980-1986) on the medical wards of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. A total of 2 676 patients were reviewed. Cardiac, neoplastic and infective diseases accounted for the most common diseases. Early diagnosis and treatment as well as improvement in preventive medicine are suggested ways to a vigorous healthy old age with concomitant reduction of morbidity and mortality in this age group.

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