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OBJECTIVE To calculate the frequency of acute abdomen in pregnancy due to non-obstetric causes in a Saudi population, to discuss the etiology of the high incidence, to discuss how pregnancy altered the symptomatology of acute abdomen and to evaluate the result of early surgical intervention and use of tocolytics on maternal and fetal health. DESIGN(More)
Echinococcosis was described by Hippocrates more than two thousand years as a "fluid-filled liver", followed by the famous Arabian physician "Al-Rahzes." It is endemic in the Middle East, India, Africa, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey and Southern Europe. The disease has got different clinical presentations, depending on the organ(s) involved,(More)
BACKGROUND The objectives of the study were to study the seroprevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among health college students (HS) and health care workers (HCWs) in the Najran Region of south-western Saudi Arabia and to study the students' knowledge of occupational exposure to blood-borne viral infections. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE To study (i) the current prevalence of iodine-deficiency disorders among schoolchildren in south-western Saudi Arabia after universal salt iodization and (ii) the iodine content of table salts and water. DESIGN Cross-sectional study on a stratified proportional allocation sample of children. Thyroid gland enlargement was assessed clinically and(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM To examine the validity of Ranson's criteria in the prediction of the severity of acute pancreatitis (as judged by the occurrence of complications) in a high-altitude area of Saudi Arabia with a predominant biliary pancreatitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS All consecutive cases of acute pancreatitis (AP) admitted to a tertiary care hospital over(More)
This is a retrospective study of 361 thyroid specimens during a 6 1/2-year period with the objective of investigating the prevalence and pattern of thyroid malignancy associated with multinodular goitre (MNG) and solitary nodule (SN). Fourteen of 172 MNG (8%) and 16 of 105 SN (15.2%) were associated with malignancy, a statistically insignificant difference(More)
OBJECTIVE Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a minimal access surgery, is fast replacing open cholecystectomy and is being associated with less trauma. The objective of this study was to compare the proinflammatory cytokine levels in both laparoscopic cholecystectomy and open cholecystectomy. METHODS This study was carried out at Aseer Central Hospital, Aseer(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the rates of malignancy of thyroid nodules in each standard cytologic diagnostic category of the Bethesda system. METHODS In a retrospective cohort study from October 1998 to April 2007 at the Department of Pathology, Aseer Central Hospital, Southwestern region of Saudi Arabia, all cases of thyroid nodules that underwent(More)
OBJECTIVE A deficiency of iodine is characteristic of mountainous regions of the world, and the frequency of goitre in such areas has been recognized for centuries. The aim of the present study was to estimate the prevalence of goitre among schoolchildren in high and low altitude areas of Asir Region. METHODS The study was carried out upon 940 male(More)
To study the prevalence of gallstone disease and related risk factors in a Saudi Arabian population a cross-sectional community-based study was made of 291 people from Abha district, Asir region. A structured interview collected background data and all participants had upper abdominal ultrasonography to detect gallstones. The overall prevalence of gallstone(More)