International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 3, Part L (2016)
Missile injuries in children an experience in state specialist hospital Maiduguri north eastern Nigeria
In armed conflicts, women and children fall victims. This is more devastating in suicide bombings; Rockets propelled grenade attacks as seen during insurgency in north eastern Nigeria.
Patients and methods:
The study reviewed all missile injury patients managed at Specialist Hospital in 2 years aged 16 years and below.
Results: A total of 182 patients aged 3 months to 16 years with a mean of 11.56 years, and male to female ratio of 3.144: 1. There were 110 blast victims and 72 gunshot patients. The injury sites were extremity fractures 99 and soft tissue 149. The procedures done were wound debridement in all patients, laparotomy in 63.64% of abdominal injuries, and chest tube drainage in 57.89% of chest injuries. Post operative complications were surgical site infection in 6.04%, and renal failure in 2.75%. Mortality was 7.14%.
Conclusion: Missile injury is being seen with increasing terrorism.
How to cite this article:
Dr. S Aliyu, AG Ibrahim, UD Babayo. Missile injuries in children an experience in state specialist hospital Maiduguri north eastern Nigeria. Int J Appl Res 2016;2(3):695-697.