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East and Central African Journal of Surgery
Association of Surgeons of East Africa and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
ISSN: 1024-297X
EISSN: 2073-9990
Vol. 9, No. 1, 2004, pp. 8-11
Bioline Code: js04002
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

East and Central African Journal of Surgery, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2004, pp. 8-11

 en Preventable amputations in Ethiopia
Manyazewal Dessie


Objective: To determine how many amputations might be avoidable in Ethiopia.
Patients and methods: A retrospective study was made of 110 amputations (Male 83, Female 27) performed at the Tikur Anbessa Hospital during the 12 months between May 1 - April 31, 2001- 02.
Results: Upper limb amputations (ULA) were performed for 27 (25 %) of the patients and lower limb amputations (LLA) for 83 (75%). Amputation was performed for Trauma (40%), Gangrene of various causes (32 %), Tumour (17 %), and Infections (1 1%). The majority 64 (58 %) of the amputations were for conditions, which are preventable; these included all of the 27 upper limbs (100%), and 37 of the lower limbs (45 %). Further identification of preventable causes and the implementation of effective preventive measures are recommended.

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