Journal of Clinical Sciences

ORIGINAL RESEARCH REPORT
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14--17

Clinical profile and management of pediatric hand injuries in Lagos, South-west Nigeria - A retrospective study


Orimisan Belie1, Bolaji O Mofikoya2, Andrew Omotayo Ugburo2 
1 Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery Unit, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria
2 Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery Unit, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Orimisan Belie
Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery Unit, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos
Nigeria

Background: The hand can be described as the sixth-sense organ due to its rich sensory innervations and its irreplaceable role in daily functioning. It is an organ of exploration, especially in the children; hence, higher predisposition to trauma. Early surgical treatment as required is expedient to prevent complications such as contractures due to rapid wound healing in these patients. Methods: The demographic characteristics of the patients, causes of injuries, treatment modalities, and outcome of treatment were documented after retrieving the information from the case notes. Results: A total of 352 hand cases were seen over 5 years. Out of this, 57 (16.3%) were pediatric patients. Burn injury was the most common cause of hand injury seen in 38.6% of patients, and fingertip injury was the most common form of open soft-tissue injury seen in 22.8% of cases. Hand fractures were infrequent. Conclusion: Closer monitoring of children is important for trauma prevention. Early intervention in the form of soft-tissue repair/skin resurfacing is important for improved outcome.


How to cite this article:
Belie O, Mofikoya BO, Ugburo AO. Clinical profile and management of pediatric hand injuries in Lagos, South-west Nigeria - A retrospective study.J Clin Sci 2021;18:14-17


How to cite this URL:
Belie O, Mofikoya BO, Ugburo AO. Clinical profile and management of pediatric hand injuries in Lagos, South-west Nigeria - A retrospective study. J Clin Sci [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Apr 11 ];18:14-17
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