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A Journal on Surgery
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Chirurgia 2014 June;27(3):151-4
Pattern of high velocity missile injuries in Akth, Kano, Nigeria
Mamuda A. A., Atiku A., Bello B.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria
AIM: High velocity missile injury was before now uncommon in our environment but the recent insurgency has made it more common, therefore the management challenge is enormous. The aim of this paper was to analyze the pattern of high velocity missile injury in our centre.
METHODS: All patients admitted with missile injuries between January – June 2012 including dead before arrival were included in the study.
RESULTS: Our study revealed that 71.34% are males while 27.08% are females with a male to female ratio of 2.7: 1. Most of the victims are students 28.57%, the reason being that insurgents often target schools and students. Majority of the victims are in the age group 16-33 years (64.58%). Most affected body parts are the limbs (44.89%) followed respectively by the trunk (34.69%) and then head and neck (16.32%).
CONCLUSION: Our study showed that more males are affected and those that presented early as an emergency receive emergency care with good functional outcome.