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Incidence of Brain Tumours at an Academic Centre in Western Saudi Arabia

MH Bangash


Objective: To determine the incidence of brain tumours at King AbdulAziz University Hospital (KAUH) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, over eight year period.
Design: Retrospective study.
Sitting: King Abdul Aziz University Hospital in Jeddah Saudi Arabia.
Subjects: Patients with intracranial tumours.
Results: The overall average annual incidence rate for the adult population at KAUH was found to be 6.5 x 105. The most common brain tumour in adults at KAUH was metastatic brain tumour (28.5%). The average annual incidence rate in paediatric patients at KAUH was found to be 5.2 x 105. The most common paediatric brain tumour at KAUH was astrocytoma (37.1%). The results show that the overall incidence of brain tumours at KAUH was 6.0 x 105, in line with other studies that reported incidence rates ranging from 4.5 to 14.5 x 105
Conclusions: The pattern of brain tumours at KAUH felt within the range of international figures for brain tumours in both adults and children

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