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The author examined 21,624 consecutive infants born at The University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, from 1976 to 1980. There were eight cases of clefts of the lip or palate or both giving an incidence of one in 2,703 live births. A retrospective analysis of 360 cleft lip and palate patients during the same period showed a distribution which is at… (More)
The results of a retrospective study of thermal injuries among 644 Nigerian children in Enugu, over a 6-year period, were analysed. Children in the first and second years of life were mostly at risk and there was a distinct seasonal incidence. Most burns occurred in January, April, July, August and December. Socioeconomic factors played a significant role… (More)
In two years, in our hospital in Nigeria, we saw 16 patients with lower lip losses caused by human bites. These are presented, together with the methods used for early management and subsequent repair.
Two patients with congenital lower lip sinuses are presented. This condition is extremely rare and has not previously been reported in the black populations of Africa. The embryology, clinical features and the literature are reviewed.
In fifty-six Nigerian children, 178 digits with volar contractures have been treated by skin grafts and flaps during the past three years. The severity of contracture was graded and corrective treatment planned accordingly. Patients have been reviewed from three months to three years after correction. The results have been better than expected using Wolfe… (More)
Most published studies on the use of a semi-permeable membrane dressing (opsite) on split-skin donor sites have been on Caucasians. To assess this new method on the black population of a developing country where donor sites are notoriously slow to heal, a study was conducted on fifty Nigerians of varying age groups in whom split-skin grafts of identical… (More)
Eighteen patients with post-burn skin cancers seen at Enugu over an 8-year period have been reviewed. All the tumours were well differentiated squamous cell carcinomas. The mean age of the patients was 36 years and the incubation period of 17.5 years was shorter than in previously reported studies. An aggressive policy in the treatment of these tumours by… (More)
The efficacy of flunitrazepam, a sedative and hypnotic agent, in facilitating minor procedures in plastic surgery was assessed in 25 children. The drug was administered in a dose of 0.030 mg/kg body weight. Adequate sedation was achieved with minimal side effects. The respiratory rate and the blood pressure showed minimal change whereas the pulse rate was… (More)