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Ghana Med J. 2008 Mar;42(1):38-41.

Inflammatory bowel disease at the korle bu teaching hospital, accra.

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Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, P. O. Box 4236, Accra, Ghana.


SummaryCase files of patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) managed by the author in the Medical Department over the period 1997 - 2004 have been reviewed to identify some features of the disease that may aid improved diagnosis and management. The findings indicate that IBD may not be rare in the country and that there is usually a long delay in establishing the diagnosis. It appears that, in Ghana, more males than females are affected and that most are fifty years of age or below. Malignant colonic change is uncommon but there is a high default rate among the patients. Five patients (29%) died. Cases managed in an Arab country, between 1987 and 1996, have been compared. In that group more female than male patients were affected but the commonest age group affected was similar. The diagnosis was similarly delayed but no deaths were recorded as opposed to the Ghana patients. Since Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a potentially treatable condition medical practitioners need increased awareness to avoid undue delay in diagnosis.


Crohn's colitis; Inflammatory bowel disease; erythema nodosum; pyoderma gangrenosum; ulcerative colitis


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