Clinical features and types of paediatric orofacial malignant neoplasms at two hospitals in Nairobi, Kenya

Citation:
Chindia ML, Odhiambo W, Gathece LW, Dimba EAO, Okumu SB. "Clinical features and types of paediatric orofacial malignant neoplasms at two hospitals in Nairobi, Kenya.". 2010.

Abstract:

To evaluate the clinical features and histopathological types of orofacial malignant neoplasms in children. Patients and methods: The study involved patients aged 15years and below diagnosed with malignancy at two main referral hospitals in Kenya during the period from July, 2008 to December, 2008. A questionnaire and clinical examination chart were used to document data. Data analysis was done using SPSS 12.0 programme. Results: 65 children (44 males, 21 females) with ages ranging from 0.25 to 14years were evaluated. The main complaints were swelling 61 (94%) and visual disturbance 29 (45%). The mean duration of symptoms was 0.17-36 months. The commonest signs were leucocoria (white reflection from the retina) 23 (35%),proptosis 19(29%)and loss of vision 15 (23%).The commonest sites were orbit 30 (46%)and maxilla 11(17%).Most neoplasms were retinoblastoma 26 (40%),followed by 14(21%)cases of Burkitt's lymphoma (BL)and occurred in patients under 5 years ofage (40 cases) followed by 19cases in children aged 5-10 years. Conclusions: Overall, malignancies were more common in males than females with most having been diagnosed in children aged less than 10years. Retinoblastoma and BLwere the most common neoplasms. © 2011 European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery.

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