Port Harcourt Medical Journal

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 124--129

Uterine fibroids: Experience with 100 myomectomies in Orlu, South East Nigeria


VI Ndububa 
 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Imo State University, PMB 2000, Owerri, Nigeria

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V I Ndububa
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Imo State University, PMB 2000, Owerri
Nigeria

Background: Uterine fibroid, over the years, has remained a major gynaecological problem in Nigeria, and although various treatment modalities exist, abdominal myomectomy has remained the mainstay of treatment for those women who want to preserve their reproductive capacity. Most of them, however, present late when the fibroids are either huge or associated with complications. Aim: The aim of this study was to present experience with abdominal myomectomy vis-a-vis its outcome and also to show the symptoms at presentation. Methods: This is a study of the first hundred abdominal myomectomies carried out by the author in Imo State University Teaching Hospital and St. Damian's Catholic Mission Hospital both in Orlu, Imo state, Nigeria. The myomectomies were carried out between August 2007 and September 2013. Data were recorded in a pre-surgery-prepared pro forma administered by the author prospectively. The data were analysed using SPSS version 15 and the results presented in descriptive, tabular and graphical forms. Results: The age of the hundred women who had myomectomy ranged from 20 to 49 years. The most common symptoms these women presented with were menorrhagia (69%), abdominal mass (63%), dysmenorrhoea (33%) and infertility (33%). The sizes of the uterus on abdominal palpation ranged from not palpable (5%) to as much as 36 weeks gestation. The major myomectomy-associated complications in this study were blood transfusion rate of 86%, post-myomectomy pyrexia (44%), severe haemorrhage (25%) and post-myomectomy anaemia (24%). There was one mortality due to severe haemorrhage. Conclusion: Menorrhagia and abdominal mass are the chief symptoms of the fibroid. Severe haemorrhage still remains a major threat to successful abdominal myomectomy and efforts should be geared towards reducing this.


How to cite this article:
Ndububa V I. Uterine fibroids: Experience with 100 myomectomies in Orlu, South East Nigeria.Port Harcourt Med J 2016;10:124-129


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Ndububa V I. Uterine fibroids: Experience with 100 myomectomies in Orlu, South East Nigeria. Port Harcourt Med J [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Sep 16 ];10:124-129
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