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From the starting point of two cases of ankylosing spondylitis, one of which began in youth, observed in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, a review of the literature concerning the major cases amongst africans is carried out. This disease is unusual in tropical Africa: about thirty published cases, of varied origin. This low incidence of ankylosing spondylitis is(More)
INTRODUCTION Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most common motor neurone disease. It occurs in two forms: (1) familial cases, for which several genes have been identified and (2) sporadic cases, for which various hypotheses have been formulated. Notably, the β-N-methylamino-L-alanine (L-BMAA) toxin has been postulated to be involved in the(More)
Functional colic disorders such as the irritable bowel syndrome are very common in Ivory Coast. Etiologic, clinical, biological and roentgenological features were studied in 100 randomized cases. Findings were compared to the features encountered in Caucasians. Psychologic factors, constipation and therapeutic problems that seem to be of significance for(More)
From the statistics dealing with cancer yielded in the Internal Medicine Department, Treichville Hospital, secundary bone cancer appears with a low percentage. The short expectation of life and the reluctance of African patients to report to the hospital must be considered to appreciate these data. Most often, at their admittance, cases show numerous and(More)
Several epidemiologic studies using data from hospital departments and from the pathological department of the Abidjan University show that colorectal cancer is infrequent in Ivory Coast (2% of all cancers). The incidence of the various factors classically incriminated in colic carcinogenesis is analyzed and discussed: precancerous conditions (adenomas,(More)
Report on 27 cases of multiple myeloma recorded in 10 years and 24000 in-patients of Treichville University Hospital in Abidjan (Republic of Ivory Coast). The sex-ratio is 70% of males versus 30% of females and the frequency ranges from 25 years to a maximum between 55 and 75 years. First warning symptoms are pains (70%) then fractures (14,1%), biologic(More)