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Ann Trop Paediatr. 1995 Jun;15(2):163-5.

Limb amputation in children in Zaria, Nigeria.

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Deparment of Surgery, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.


Over a period of 10 years, a total of 118 limb amputations were performed in children at the Ahmadu Bello University Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria. The major indication for limb amputation was trauma and gangrene following post-fracture splintage by traditional healers. There was no case of peripheral vascular disease in these patients. None of the patients had a prosthesis applied. The very high number of limb amputations is certainly preventable by early and effective management of fractures.

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