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ISRN Otolaryngology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 704924, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/704924
Clinical Study

The Traditionally Amputated Uvula amongst Nigerians: Still an Ongoing Practice

Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Jos University Teaching Hospital, PMB 2076, Plateau State, Jos, Nigeria

Received 7 October 2011; Accepted 27 October 2011

Academic Editors: T. M. Davidson and A. D. Rapidis

Copyright © 2011 Adeyi A. Adoga and Tonga L. Nimkur. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Traditional healers in Nigeria continue to perform uvulectomy for all throat problems despite the severe complications they present to physicians. It is a hospital-based prospective study done at the outpatient unit of the Department of Otolaryngology, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria to determine the prevalence of traditional uvulectomy, highlighting the dangers it portends with suggested ways of providing improved health outcomes for our people. We saw 517 new cases of which 165 (32%) patients aged 2 years to 53 years had their uvulae amputated consisting of 108 (65.5%) males and 57 (34.5%) females giving a male to female ratio of 2 : 1. One hundred and forty two (86.1%) patients had uvulectomy at childhood and 23 (13.9%) in adulthood. The commonest indication was throat pain ( ๐‘› = 3 6 , 21.8%). The commonest complication was hemorrhage ( ๐‘› = 2 9 , 17.6%). Forty six (27.9%) patients required hospital admission.