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

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

Abstract

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

Author Biographies

Nina Goldman
University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0SP, UK
Damien Punguyire
Kintampo Municipal Hospital, Po Box 192, Kintampo, BA Ghana
Kingsley Osei-Kwakye
Kintampo Health Research Centre, PO Box 200, Kintampo, BA Ghana
Frank Baiden
Kintampo Health Research Centre, PO Box 200, Kintampo, BA Ghana
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