The Pattern Of Neurological Admissions At The Lagos University Teaching Hospital
AbstractObjective: To determine the profile of neurological admissions at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital
Methods: Neurological admission at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria between 1995 and 1999 were reviewed using medical records.
Result: Neurological admissions accounted for 19.635 of total medical admissions. Cerebrovascular diseases were the most common cause, accounting for 11.65% of medical admissions; followed by infection of the nervous system which made up 6.07%. Cerebral malaria, pyogenic meningitis and tetanus were the most common infections All the other neurological diseases constituted less than 2% of medical admissions.
On the whole, non – communicable neurological disorders accounted for 13.56% while infection of the nervous system accounted for 6.07% of the total medical admissions
Conclusion: Stroke is the commonest cause of neurological admissions at the Lagos University teaching Hospital; and it is now more frequent than infections of the nervous system.
KEY WORDS: Neurological admissions, Medical admission, Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice Vol.6(1) 2003: 38-41