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Title: Childhood Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Jos, Nigeria
Authors: Bode-Thomas, F.
Ebonyi, A.O.
Animasahun, B.A.
Issue Date: Dec-2005
Publisher: Sahel Medical Journal
Series/Report no.: Vol. 8;Iss. 4; Pp 100-105
Abstract: Objective: to study the pattern of childhood dilated cardiomyopathy in Jos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. Methodology: Paediatric echocardiography records (January 2000 to June 2002 - 2 and % years) were reviewed and cases oj dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) Identified. Clinical, radiologic, electro- and echocardiographic data of identified cases were reviewed. Results: childhood DCM (6 cases) was the commonest acquired heart condition diagnosed in children under the age oj 5 years. Four patients presented with recurrent episodes of congestive heart failure (CHF) while 2 presented during their first episode. DCM was Initially considered in only 1 child. Another child suffered a cerebro-oascu ar accident (CVA) before the diagnosis was made. Conclusions: DCM should be considered early in young children with long-standing or recurrent CHF. A high index of suspicion, early diagnosis and appropriate management should reduce morbidity, prevent complications and prolong survival.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2841
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