Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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Caesarean Section in the Delivery of Nigerian Eclamptics

Hyacinth E. Onah, John M. Okaro


Context: The place of caesarean section in the delivery of eclamptics has remained controversial, thereby creating the need for further studies.
Objective: To evaluate the place of caesarean section in the delivery of eclamptics using the experience at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Eastern Nigeria.
Study Design, Setting and Subjects: Retrospective descriptive analysis of 44 ante- and intra-partum eclamptics treated at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital over a 4-year period.
Main Outcome Measures: Caesarean section rate, maternal mortality ratio, maternal morbidity rates, perinatal mortality rate and perinatal morbidity rates.
Results: A caesarean section rate of 91% was recorded due to superimposed ante- and intra-partum factors. The maternal and fetal outcomes were better in those who had caesarean section than in those who delivered vaginally.
Conclusion: The results suggest the need for a more liberal and early use of caesarean section in Nigerian eclamptics.

(Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2001, 18(1): 34-37)
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