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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 99-101

Temporal trends in the utilization of surgical pathology in the Enugu-Umuahia Axis of Nigeria

1 Medical Foundation & Clinic, Enugu, Nigeria
2 Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Umuahia, Nigeria
3 Healing Cross Hospital, Umuahia, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
FICS, FRCPath Wilson I B. Onuigbo
Medical Foundation and Clinic, 8 Nsukka Lane, P. O. Box 1792, Enugu 400001
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Aim: Lessons are sought regarding the patterns of utilization of a central biopsy service by patients living in the same area but patronizing two surgeons who served them three decades apart. Methods: During the roughly 3-year periods between 9.10.71 and 25.9.71 on the one hand and between 9.10.2001 and 25.9.2004 on the other hand, two surgeons submitted biopsies from different Umuahia hospitals to a Reference Laboratory in Enugu. The accumulated data were analyzed as to the variability of the organs involved. Results: The 1970s featured 28 cases with a relatively wide scatter of organs, whereas in the 2000s the 101 cases showed mammary preponderance. Conclusion: In keeping with the world pattern, there appears to be an increasing incidence of breast cancer in Igboland. Perhaps, by keeping the eye open for a chance observation regarding health service utilization patterns, lasting light may dawn on the enigma of mammary masses.

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