Research Article

Female Genital Mutilation in Infants and Young Girls: Report of Sixty Cases Observed at the General Hospital of Abobo (Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa)

Table 2

Characteristics of infants and young girls undergone FGM.

Patients’ characteristicsNumber (%)

Age at FGM practice (years)1
 <119 (31.7)
1–5 29 (48.3)
5–10 12 (20.0)
FGM classification (WHO)
 Type I8 (13.3)
 Type II52 (86.7)
Symptoms reported after FGM2
 Pain60 (100.0)
 Fever47 (78.3)
 Minimal bleeding60 (100.0)

Areas where FGM took place: Abobo and Adjamé (35 or 58% in Abidjan); Korhogo, Ferkessedougou, Odienne, and Boundiali: 11 (Northern region of Cote d’Ivoire); Kaye, Mopti, Boroni, and Bonangoro 14 (23%) in Mali. All the FGMs were performed in circumcisers’ home with knives, razors, or blades.
2Each girl could have one or more symptoms.