alexa Elective abdominal hysterectomy in Nigerian Jehovah's Witnesses.
Reproductive Medicine

Reproductive Medicine

Gynecology & Obstetrics

Author(s): Oladapo OT

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In a retrospective study at a university hospital, the perioperative morbidity associated with elective total abdominal hysterectomy in 23 Jehovah's Witnesses was compared with that of 46 non-Witness controls. The mean operative blood loss was significantly less, the procedure was lengthier and the average postoperative hospital stay was longer in the study than in the control group. Febrile morbidity was insignificantly more frequent among the study group (OR: 2.05, CI: 0.61-6.88) and there was no significant difference between the overall morbidity experienced by patients in both groups (study: 43.5% versus control: 39.1%; P = 0.73). The perioperative morbidity associated with elective abdominal hysterectomy in patients unwilling to accept blood transfusion does not justify the denial of this important gynaecological surgery when indicated. Gynaecologists in poor resource settings should consciously aim at providing 'bloodless' care for all their patients undergoing abdominal hysterectomy as this may translate to reduced blood loss and decreased need for blood transfusion.

This article was published in J Obstet Gynaecol. and referenced in Gynecology & Obstetrics

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