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Title: Factors influencing the pratcie of hydrostatic reduction of intussusception amongst radiologists in a developing country
Authors: Lawal, T. A.
Atalabi, O. M.
Adekanmi, A. J.
Ogundoyin, O. O.
Keywords: Intussusception
Hydrostatic reduction
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: Background: Intussusception is a major cause of intestinal obstruction in children and can be treated operatively or non-operatively. Surgery is associated with mortality rates, in developing countries of 8.5% to 18%. Hydrostatic reduction is a cost effective treatment that can lower the mortality rate in resource poor settings. However, the technique is not widely performed in spite of the advantages. Objectives: We reviewed factors influencing the current practice of hydrostatic reduction of intussusception by radiologists in Nigeria. Materials and Methods: A survey of radiologists was conducted using structured self administered questionnaires. Strength of association between the practice of hydrostatic reduction and variables related to the workforce was evaluated using Fisher's exact test. Result: Fifty-one participants were studied. Three (18.8%) hospitals have at least one consultant radiologist focusing on pediatric surgeon or more. Hydrostatic reduction is practiced in hospitals with a radiologist with interest in pediatric radiology, (p=0.002). Lack of expertise was given as the main reason why the other hospitals have not commenced the procedure.
ISSN: 1115-3474
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