Volume 7, Issue 5, October 2019, Page: 99-103
Profile of Birth Injuries in a Tertiary Hospital in Enugu, Nigeria
Chukwubuike Kevin Emeka, Department of Surgery, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
Ekwochi Uchenna, Department of Pediatrics, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
Enebe Joseph Tochukwu, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
Nduagubam Obinna Chukwuebuka, Department of Pediatrics, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
Eze Thaddeus Chikaodili, Department of Surgery, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
Iheji Chukwunonso Chigozie, Department of Pediatrics, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
Received: Aug. 31, 2019;       Accepted: Sep. 16, 2019;       Published: Oct. 7, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajbls.20190705.11      View  576      Downloads  136
Background: Birth injury is defined as structural damage of a newborn secondary to mechanical forces that occur during labor and/or delivery. This study determined the incidence, risk factors and outcome of birth injury. Methodology: This was an observational study of birth injuries in neonates, over a period of one year, carried out at a tertiary hospital in Enugu, south east, Nigeria. Results: Out of the 1,735 births recorded during the period of the study, there were 19 cases of birth injuries. This gave an incidence of 11 per 1000 live births. No neonate had more than one injury. They were thirteen males and six females that sustained birth injury. Cephalohematoma was the most common birth injury. Others are caput succedaneum, clavicular fracture, Erb’s palsy, femoral fracture, humeral fracture, shoulder dislocation and facial laceration. Mode of delivery, neonatal birth weight, gestational age and maternal parity were significant predictive risk factors for birth injury. Conclusion: In the current study, cephalohematoma was the most common birth injury, followed by caput succedaneum. There is need to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with birth injuries.
Birth Injury, Incidence, Predictive Factor, Cephalohematoma
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Chukwubuike Kevin Emeka, Ekwochi Uchenna, Enebe Joseph Tochukwu, Nduagubam Obinna Chukwuebuka, Eze Thaddeus Chikaodili, Iheji Chukwunonso Chigozie, Profile of Birth Injuries in a Tertiary Hospital in Enugu, Nigeria, American Journal of Biomedical and Life Sciences. Vol. 7, No. 5, 2019, pp. 99-103. doi: 10.11648/j.ajbls.20190705.11
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