Pan African Medical Journal

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Duodenal perforation in a 12-month old child with severe malaria

Nina Goldman, Damien Punguyire, Kingsley Osei-Kwakye, Frank Baiden


Peptic ulcer disease (PUD) in children remains rare and difficult to diagnose before the onset of complications. We report on a case of a 12-month child with perforated duodenal ulcer, association with malaria. The severity of the febrile presentation and the positive laboratory confirmation of malaria delayed the diagnosis of PUD. Surgical intervention was successful and without significant sequelae. An awareness of the possibility, and a lower threshold for considering PUD in children may help prevent complications.

Pan African Medical Journal 2012; 12:1

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