alexa Pattern of neurological disorder presenting at a paediatric neurology clinic in Nigeria.


Pediatrics & Therapeutics

Author(s): Wammanda RD, Onalo R, Adama SJ

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Abstract BACKGROUND: Neurological diseases account for more than 20\% of the world's disease burden with majority of affected people living in Africa. However there is a paucity of literature on neurological disease in Africa. METHODS: A retrospective review of 114 children with neurological problem seen at a paediatric neurological clinic in a 2-year. RESULTS: Delayed developmental milestone, convulsion and inability to walk were the 3 most common reasons for referral to our Paediatric neurology clinic. Cerebral palsy (55.3\%), Seizure disorder (26.3\%) and postmeningitic complications (6.2\%) were the common neurological disorder seen at our neurology clinic. The Paediatric outpatient department (POPD) of our hospital was the main source of referral for most cases (83.2\%) and 71.1\% of all patients resides within Zaria metropolis. The default rate from follow-up was higher among children with cerebral palsy compared to children with seizure disorder (58.7\% vs. 13.3\%, P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: Lack of adequate facilities for proper rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy could have been the main reason for the high default rate from follow-up.
This article was published in Ann Afr Med and referenced in Pediatrics & Therapeutics

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