Free small bowel perforation in an indigenous African population.

  • A R Iwatt
  • Published 1988 in International surgery


Over a 44-month period, 50 patients with free small bowel perforations were seen at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Calabar, Nigeria. The causes of these perforations were typhoid enteritis in 23 patients, trauma in 11, strangulated obstructions in nine, duodenal ulceration in six and non-specific ileitis in one. Ninety-two percent of… (More)


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