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|Title: ||The Traditionally Amputated Uvula amongst Nigerians: Still an Ongoing Practice.|
|Authors: ||Adoga, Adeyi A.|
Nimkur, Tonga L.
|Issue Date: ||2011|
|Publisher: ||International Scholarly Research Network|
|Series/Report no.: ||;Pp 1 - 4|
|Abstract: ||Traditional healers in Nigeria continue to perform uvulectomy for all throat problems despite the severe complications they present to physicians. It is a hospital-based prospective study done at the outpatient unit of the Department of Otolaryngology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria to determine the prevalence of traditional uvulectomy, highlighting the dangers it portends with suggested ways of providing improved health outcomes for our people. We saw 517 new cases of which 165 (32%) patientsaged2yearsto53yearshadtheiruvulaeamputatedconsistingof108(65.5%)malesand57(34.5%)femalesgivingamale to female ratio of 2:1. One hundred and forty two (86.1%) patients had uvulectomy at childhood and 23 (13.9%) in adulthood. The commonest indication was throat pain (n = 36, 21.8%). The commonest complication was hemorrhage (n = 29, 17.6%). Forty six (27.9%) patients required hospital admission.|
|Appears in Collections:||Surgery|
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