Temporal Trends in the Utilization of Surgical Pathology in the Enugu-Umuahia Axis of Nigeria

  • W I Onuigbo
  • J C Ogbonnaya
Keywords: Patterns of Utilization, Surgical Pathology Services, Enug-Umuahia Axis.

Abstract



Aim: Lessons are sought regarding the patterns of utilization of a central biopsy service by patients living in the same area but patronizing two surgeons who served them three decades apart. Methods: During the roughly 3-year periods between 9.10.71 and 25.9.71 on the one hand and between 9.10.2001 and 25.9.2004 on the other hand, two surgeons submitted biopsies from different Umuahia hospitals to a Reference Laboratory in Enugu. The accumulated data were analyzed as to the variability of the organs involved. Results: The 1970s featured 28 cases with a relatively wide scatter of organs, whereas in the 2000s the 101 cases showed mammary preponderance. Conclusion: In keeping with the world pattern, there appears to be an increasing incidence of breast cancer in Igboland. Perhaps, by keeping the eye open for a chance observation regarding health service utilization patterns, lasting light may dawn on the enigma of mammary masses.

Keywords: Patterns of Utilization, Surgical Pathology Services, Enug-Umuahia Axis.

Journal of College of Medicine Vol. 12 (2) 2007: pp. 99-101
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