African Journal of Paediatric Surgery

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2008  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73--75

Pattern of childhood gynaecological presentations in a Nigerian tertiary health facility


AJ Randawa, MA Abdul, HS Umar 
 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
A J Randawa
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, PMB 06 Zaria
Nigeria

Background: Gynaecological problems in children and adolescents are often both medically and psychologically unique and require a highly skilled approach differing from those utilized for an adult female population. There is paucity of data on childhood gynaecological problems in our environment. The purpose of this study was to document the prevalence and pattern of common gynaecological problems in the prepubertal child at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital Zaria, Northern Nigeria. Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective study involving case file-based data analysis over a 10-year period (1995-2004) of 62 children aged 1 month-12 years at the Gynaecology unit of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital Zaria, Northern Nigeria. Results: Sixty-two children were seen, 17 infants, 14 under 5 years of age, and the rest (31) were aged 6-12 years. The commonest condition was labial fusion (33.9%), urethral prolapse (14.5%), and suspected sexual assault (12%). Ambiguous genitalia (9.7%), vaginitis (6.5 %), and ovarian tumour (4.8%) were also encountered. Conclusion: Labial fusion, urethral prolapse, and suspected sexual assault are the commonest childhood gynaecological morbidities in Zaria. Provision of gynaecological services at every level of health care system to cater for young females is advocated.


How to cite this article:
Randawa A J, Abdul M A, Umar H S. Pattern of childhood gynaecological presentations in a Nigerian tertiary health facility.Afr J Paediatr Surg 2008;5:73-75


How to cite this URL:
Randawa A J, Abdul M A, Umar H S. Pattern of childhood gynaecological presentations in a Nigerian tertiary health facility. Afr J Paediatr Surg [serial online] 2008 [cited 2020 Jan 28 ];5:73-75
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