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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73-75

Pattern of neurological disorder presenting at a paediatric neurology clinic in Nigeria

Department of Paediatrics, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria

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R D Wammanda
Department of Paediatrics, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, 810001, Kaduna State
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DOI: 10.4103/1596-3519.55712

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Background : Neurological diseases account for more than 20% of the world's disease burden with majority of affected people living in Africa. However there is a paucity of literature on neurological disease in Africa. Methods : A retrospective review of 114 children with neurological problem seen at a paediatric neurological clinic in a 2-year. Results : Delayed developmental milestone, convulsion and inability to walk were the 3 most common reasons for referral to our Paediatric neurology clinic. Cerebral palsy (55.3%), Seizure disorder (26.3%) and postmeningitic complications (6.2%) were the common neurological disorder seen at our neurology clinic. The Paediatric outpatient department (POPD) of our hospital was the main source of referral for most cases (83.2%) and 71.1% of all patients resides within Zaria metropolis. The default rate from follow-up was higher among children with cerebral palsy compared to children with seizure disorder (58.7% vs. 13.3%, P< 0.001). Conclusion : Lack of adequate facilities for proper rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy could have been the main reason for the high default rate from follow-up.

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