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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 41-44

Indications for destructive eye surgeries in Sokoto, North Western Nigeria

Department of Surgery, Ophthalmology Unit, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

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Adamu Dantani Muhammad
Department of Surgery, Ophthalmology Unit, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1858-540X.169399

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Objective: To determine the clinical indications for destructive eye surgeries (DES) in Sokoto, North-Western Nigeria. Materials and Methods: A retrospective hospital-based study involving the review of the medical records of all patients that had DES in Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital and Specialist Hospital, Sokoto from January 2010 to December 2014. The age, sex, occupation, indications for surgery, and type of surgery done were recorded. Results: A total of 41 patients had DES during the study period. The mean age of the patients was 34.4 ± 17.7 years. The most frequent indication for DES was malignant neoplasms 41.4% (n = 17) followed by ocular infections 24.4% (n = 10) and trauma 24.4% (n = 10). Evisceration (n = 22) was the most common DES procedure. Conclusion: There is a need for educating the population on the dangers of late presentation, and since trauma and intraocular infections are largely preventable, public health education on safety measures is advocated.

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