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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2006  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 52-56

Acute appendicitis in Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Sagamu, a three year review


Department of Surgery, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, P.M B 2002 Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria

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B A Ayoade
Department of Surgery, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, P.M B 2002 Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria

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BACKGROUND: Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital is located in Sagamu, a suburban town with a population of 50,000 (1992 census). The hospital is a tertiary care facility in competition with a large number of private hospitals with different levels of competence. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to review the outcome of the surgical management of acute appendicitis in our hospital. METHOD: A retrospective study of subjects who had appendectomy for the clinical diagnosis of acute appendicitis between January 2002 and December 2004 was done. RESULT: 113 subjects consisting of 52 females (46%), and 61 males (54%) were studied. The mean age was 24.1 years, 71 subjects (62.9%) were in the 10-30 years range. 57.5% of the subjects were students and 71 subjects (62.8) resided in urban area. All the subjects, had generalized in 23.9%). The mean duration of symptoms was 3.53 days with standard deviation of 3.69 days. Only 3 subjects presented on the day of onset of symptoms. Only 15 subjects (13.3%) had surgery on the day of admission. 69subjects (61.1%) had uncomplicated inflamed appendix at surgery and 2 subjects (1.8%) had clinically normal appendix. The mean duration of hospital stay was 10.6 days with standard deviation of 7.4. The commonest postoperative complication was pyrexia in 16 subjects (14.2%), followed by wound infection in 12 subjects (10.6%). One subject died (0.9%). CONCLUSION: The outcome reflects the late presentation and delay in surgical treatment.


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