Nigerian Journal of Surgical Sciences

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11--14

Changing pattern of intestinal obstruction at Nnewi, South-Eastern Nigeria


Chiemelu D Emegoakor, Ikechukwu C Iloabachie, Henry C Nzeako, Stanley N C Anyanwu 
 Department of Surgery, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Chiemelu D Emegoakor
Department of Surgery, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi
Nigeria

Background: Intestinal obstruction is a common surgical emergency. Its pattern and causes vary between communities. Previous reports, including a study from Nnewi, showed obstructed external hernias to be the most common cause. Objective: The objective of the study is to determine the current pattern of intestinal obstruction at Nnewi. Materials and Methods: All case notes of intestinal obstruction managed at Nnewi between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2009, were retrieved and analyzed. Results: It was found that adhesions caused 62.1% of cases of intestinal obstruction, while obstructed external hernias caused 21.4%. The rest were from other causes. Furthermore, 62.5% of intestinal obstruction from adhesions were managed nonoperatively. Conclusion: Adhesion has emerged as the most common cause of intestinal obstruction at Nnewi.


How to cite this article:
Emegoakor CD, Iloabachie IC, Nzeako HC, C Anyanwu SN. Changing pattern of intestinal obstruction at Nnewi, South-Eastern Nigeria.Niger J Surg Sci 2018;28:11-14


How to cite this URL:
Emegoakor CD, Iloabachie IC, Nzeako HC, C Anyanwu SN. Changing pattern of intestinal obstruction at Nnewi, South-Eastern Nigeria. Niger J Surg Sci [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 May 27 ];28:11-14
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