• Users Online: 417
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 162-169

The Profile of Chest Injuries in A Southeastern Nigeria Teaching Hospital, A 10-Year Experience


1 Department of Surgery, National Cardiothoracic Center of Excellence, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital(UNTH), Enugu, Nigeria
2 Department of Anaesthesia, National Cardiothoracic Center of Excellence, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital(UNTH), Enugu, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
I A Nwafor
Department of Surgery, National Cardiothoracic Center of Excellence, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital(UNTH), Enugu
Nigeria
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


Rights and PermissionsRights and Permissions

Background: Globally, major chest injuries have both high morbidity and mortality. A detailed study of chest injuries in south-eastern Nigeria is here presented. Aims: To determine the incidence, the predisposing factors, the pattern of presentation and the outcome of management of chest injuries. Materials and methods: This is a retrospective study spanning a period of 10 years (2002-2011). The medical records of all patients with documented chest injuries that presented to our hospital within the period under review, were retrieved and analysed, by simple arithmetic percentages. Result: A total of 402 patients(average of 40/year) with the age ranges in the spectrum of 0-10 and 81-90 years, with a mean of 2.2 were found. Gender-wise, 301 males(74.9%) and 101 females(25.1%) were affected. The aetiological or the predisposing factors were blunt chest injuries (61.2%) and penetrating chest injuries (38.8%). In the pattern of presentation, haemothorax (20.9%), haemopneumothorax (16.2%), pneumothorax (17.4%) including simple, open and tension types as well as multiple ribs fractures(7.7%) constituted the majority. In the management strategies, conservative methods were mainly used. The outcome ranged from very good to fair. Conclusion: The management of chest injuries in our sub-region like any other developing countries is very much challenging. Concerted efforts are needed to overcome the burden it imposes.


[PDF]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed108    
    Printed8    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded22    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal