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African Journal of Neurological Sciences
Pan African Association of Neurological Sciences
ISSN: 1015-8618
Vol. 14, No. 2, 1995
Bioline Code: ns95009
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Neurological Sciences, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1995

 en Spina Bifida Cystica in the African

Abstract

The African Journal of Neurological Sciences
Vol 14 No.2, 1995

Spina Bifida Cystica in the African

A. Adeloye 

Code Number: NS95009
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SUMMARY

Spina Bifida Cystica (SBC) is the commonest of the spinal dysraphic
disorders in Africa, like the rest of the world. However, experience and
reports in the literature set Africa apart from other areas in certain
respects. Thus, SBC is less frequent in African than in Caucasians. African
males are more affected than females; in Europe, female patients outnumber
males. The European criteria for selecting (or rejecting patients to be
actively treated cannot be applied wholesale to Africa where social factors
dilute or over-ride those criteria). The disease has unique psychosocial
and cultural connotations in Africa where its long term problems are
awaiting study. Finally the use of folic acid in its prevention already
established in many parts of the world is still crying for adoption in
Africa.

RESUME

La spina bifida kystique est l'anomalie vertebrale la plus courante en
Afrique, comme ailleurs dans le monde Cependant, l'experience ainsi que
l'analyse de la litterature montrent qu'en Afrique, elle presente certaines
particularites: une frequence moindre chez l'africain qe chez le caucasien,
une predominance chez les hommes. Les criteres europeens de selection des
patients a traiter ne peuvent pas etre appliques globalement a l'Afrique ou
les facteurs sociaux modifient ces criteres en les attenuant ou en les
exagerant. La maladie a une connotatin culturelie et psychologique propre
ou l'etude de ses consequences a long terme n'est pas encore entreprise. En
outre, l'utilisation de l'acide folique pour la prevention est deja en
place dans de nombreuses regions du monde, mais toujours inexistante en
Afrique.

KEY WORDS: SPINA BIFIDA CYSTICA - AFRICA

Copyright 1995 Pan African Association of Neurological Sciences

 

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