I C Anochie

University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria

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  • Ifeoma Anochie, Felicia Eke, Augustina Okpere
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    ABSTRACT: Acute glomerulonephritis (AGN) is an important cause of renal morbidity and mortality in children. The incidence varies across the countries with lower rates in developed countries due to improved environmental hygiene and socio-economic status. A prospective study of patients admitted with the diagnosis of AGN was carried out in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) from June 2006 to June 2008. The patients' demographic data, presenting complaints; antecedent history of sore throat or skin infections, clinical findings including blood pressure; investigations, management and outcome were obtained. Data was compared with a previous study done in UPTH 14 years ago and in other countries. A total of 31 patients aged 3 to 16 years had AGN, giving an annual incidence of 15.5 cases. They comprised 16 (51.6%) males and 15 (48.4%) females with a M:F ratio of 1.1:1. There is no significant change in the annual incidence of AGN when compared with the 14.5 cases per year reported in our centre 14 years ago. Fourteen (45.2%) of the patients were between 5-10 years. The highest incidence occurred during the dry cold windy (harmattan) season of October to February in 19 (61.3%) patients. Twenty-four (77.4%) of the patients were from low socio-economic classes (social class IV and V). Sore throat was the commonest infection preceeding AGN (66.6%). Hypertensive encephalopathy with seizure occurred in 5 (16.1%) patients. There were 4 (12.9.1%) patients with nephrotic range proteinuria, and 12 (38.7%) patients had renal failure. Urinary tract infection occurred in 7 (22.6%) patients; klebsiella being the commonest organism isolated. All patients received conservative treatment while dialysis was done in 5 patients; one peritoneal dialysis (PD) and 4 haemodialysis. The recovery rate was 83.9% and a hospital mortality of 3 (9.7%). The annual incidence of AGN has remained almost the same in Port Harcourt despite the increased urbanization and overcrowding in this oil rich state of Nigeria.
    Nigerian journal of medicine: journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria 01/2009; 18(2):162-7.
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    ABSTRACT: One hundred and thirty teachers were studied to evaluate their knowledge of congenital Color Vision Deficiency (CVD), and their ability to perform the Ishihara color vision test, so as to determine if they can provide color vision screening services for their pupils. The teachers were randomly selected from 13 schools in Port Harcourt City (PHC) and given a six hours training workshop on vision disorders in children and congenital color vision screening. They were given a self administered pre and post test questionnaires before and after training respectively. Subsequently, they screened 1,300 of their school pupils for congenital vision deficiency using the Ishihara color vision chart; and their results compared to that of the research team. Female teachers constituted 84.6% and males 15.4% of the study population. Seventy three teachers (53.8%) were from public schools while 46.2% were from private schools. Prior to the training workshop, only 6.2% of teachers had heard of the Ishihara color vision chart and none of the teachers could identify or knew how to use the chart. However with training there was significant improvement in knowledge of CVD. Comparison of the teachers' performance of color vision screening using the Ishihara chart to that of the research team showed a sensitivity of 67.6% with a specificity of 99.1%. The prevalence of congenital color vision deficiency in the 1,300 primary school screened was 2.6%, with males having a significantly higher prevalence than females. The study thus concludes that congenital color vision deficiency is prevalent amongst primary school children in Port Harcourt City, and with training, teachers can effectively perform color vision screening, and as such modify their teaching methods to accommodate the child with color vision deficiency.
    Nigerian journal of medicine: journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria 11/2008; 17(4):428-32.
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    ABSTRACT: The use of a structured guideline in medical education to reach a diagnosis provides accurate information which is relatively free from bias. The purpose of this paper is to assess the performance of medical students using unstructured and structured format in case summary. One hundred and sixty- nine medical students in Part III MB; BS Programme in the University of Port Harcourt were studied. There were 83 students in Paediatics [SP] and 86 students in Obstetrics and Gynaecology [SOG] postings. The students had video recorded presentation of three clinical cases comprising of two paediatrics [PC1&PC2] and one surgical case [SC3]. The summary for the first case [PC1] was done using an unstructured format, while the second case [PC2] was done with both unstructured PC2a and structured PC2b format. The Surgical case [SC3] was done using only the structured format. The discrete pieces of important information in each case were quantified and scored by trained assessors. PC1and SC3 had a total of 16 points each while PC2 had a total of 24 points. The pre-exposed SOG students scored significantly higher than none-exposed SPG students in PC1 and SC3; P<0.05. In PC2 75.1% students scored above 12 points using structured summary format compared to 38.5% students with unstructured format , P<0.05. The students had significantly higher score using structured format in SC3 than PC1. The use of structured summary format enabled better case summary than unstructured format, and it's transferable across different departments.
    Nigerian journal of medicine: journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria 09/2008; 17(3):300-3.
  • Ifeoma C Anochie, Felicia U Eke, Augustina N Okpere
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    ABSTRACT: Human immunodeficiency virus-associated nephropathy (HIVAN) has rarely been reported in African children. In this single-center study, we analyzed ten children diagnosed with HIVAN from January 2000 to October 2006. There were eight boys and two girls, with a male:female ratio of 4:1. Their ages were from 5 months to 15 years (mean 6.8+/-6.2 years), with a peak age of 5-9 years. The presenting complaints included generalized edema (60%) and hypertension (50%). All patients had proteinuria on urine dipstick, with four (40%) at nephrotic range (proteinuria >or=500 mg/dl). Nine (90%) patients were in renal failure, with elevated serum creatinine (6.3-24 mg/dl) and serum urea (70-120 mg/dl). Renal disease was the first manifestation of HIV infection in six patients, whereas the diagnosis was made on autopsy in three. The duration from HIV infection to development of HIVAN ranged from 5 months to 10 years. CD4(+) cell count, done in only three patients due to financial constraints, was below 200/mm(3). The kidneys were hyperechoic on abdominal ultrasound in all patients, and three (30%) showed grossly enlarged kidneys. Histology of renal tissues available by autopsy in three patients showed mainly collapsing focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Treatments given were angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in four and two patients, respectively, and one patient underwent peritoneal dialysis. On outcome analysis, seven (70%) patients died, two were lost to follow-up, and one was alive on HAART therapy at the writing of this article. In conclusion, HIVAN occurs in Nigeria children, and the mortality is very high from uremia.
    Pediatric Nephrology 01/2008; 23(1):117-22. · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    Ifeoma Anochie, Felicia Eke, Augustina Okpere
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    ABSTRACT: In our center, childhood nephrotic syndrome (NS) had been reported for over a decade to be steroid sensitive contrary to reports in other parts of Nigeria. The purpose of this study was to determine if there are changes in presentation and response to steroids, with reviews of the literature on NS. Analysis of 28 patients seen at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, from 1999-2004 with the diagnosis of NS was performed. There were 14 girls and 14 boys with NS. The peak age was 1-4 years. Twenty (71.4%) children had idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS). Four had chronic renal failure, one had sickle cell disease (HbSS), two were positive to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) 1 and 2, and one had pulmonary tuberculosis. Anemia was found in 13 patients, while 17 had Plasmodium falciparum. Plasmodium malariae and hepatitis-B surface antigen were not isolated. Renal biopsy was performed in four patients and revealed minimal-change disease in one child, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in two and no conclusive result in one patient. Oral prednisolone was used in INS. After one month of therapy, 16 of 20 responded, of which 12 (75%) were <5 years. The NS relapsed in 15 of 16 steroid-sensitive patients. Cyclophosphamide and levamisole were used in four and one patients with FRNS, respectively. Four (14.3%) patients died; all were secondary NS. INS remains common in our center, and the majority respond to steroid therapy
    Journal of the National Medical Association 01/2007; 98(12):1977-81. · 0.91 Impact Factor
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    Barbara Edewele Otaigbe, Ifeoma Comfort Anochie, Ifefoma Gbobo
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    ABSTRACT: Enterocutaneous fistulae (ECFs) after typhoid perforation have been previously recorded postoperatively due to repair leak or new perforation. Spontaneous ECF formation due to primary intra-abdominal pathologic processes has been attributed to infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and Crohn's disease. A review of the literature has shown no previous report of spontaneous ECF caused primarily by salmonella typhi infection. To report a case of spontaneous ECF due to salmonella typhi infection. An eight-year-old female presented with high fever and weight loss of two weeks' duration and a one-week history of a foul-smelling umbilical discharge. She was ill looking, wasted, with evidence of peritonitis. An emergency exploratory laparotomy revealed multiple perforations at the antimesenteric border of the ileocecal valve. With intestinal resection and anastomosis and the use of broad spectrum antibiotics, her clinical state improved. Tissue biopsy showed hemorrhagic necrosis with infiltration by mononuclear inflammatory cells. ECF is a rare complication of enteric fever, Enteric fever should therefore be considered in ill children presenting with ECF in the absence of a history of previous surgery, or blunt or penetrating trauma.
    Journal of the National Medical Association 11/2006; 98(10):1694-6. · 0.91 Impact Factor
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    I C Anochie, F U Eke
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    ABSTRACT: Acute peritoneal dialysis (APD) is the preferred treatment for isolated failure of the kidney. The authors reviewed children with acute renal failure (ARF) who had APD in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. 221 patients, 147 boys and 74 girls (M: F, 1.99:1), mean (SD) age 5.4 (4.9) years had ARF. Dialysis was indicated in 112 cases. The main clinical indication being convulsion/uraemia 30 (26.8%) Only 27 patients (21 boys and 6 girls) had APD, giving an access rate of 24.1%. The commonest dialysis related complication was catheter malfunction 12 (44.4%). The mortality rate among the dialysed patients was 22.2%. Lack of dialysis and intractable hypertension significantly increased mortality (chi2 = 7.13, p<0.01) and (chi2 = 14.9, p<0.001) respectively. APD is effective in reducing mortality of children with ARF. However, there were low dialysis access rate and few complications.
    Postgraduate medical journal 03/2006; 82(965):228-30. · 1.38 Impact Factor
  • Ifeoma C Anochie, Felicia U Eke
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    ABSTRACT: Acute renal failure (ARF) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in children. It may be pre-renal, intrinsic, or post-renal (obstructive) in aetiology. ARF was investigated in children in the south-southern part of Nigeria to determine the prevalence, aetiology, management and outcome of ARF. A retrospective review of data from all children from birth to 16 years of age admitted into the Department of Paediatrics, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), with the diagnosis of ARF over an 18 year period (January 1985 to December 2003) was performed. Information was obtained about the age, sex, clinical features, blood pressure, laboratory and radiological investigations, aetiology, and treatment received including dialysis. Information on the outcome, factors influencing outcome, and possible causes of death were reviewed. There were 211 patients, 138 (65.4%) males and 73 (34.6%) females (M:F, 1.9:1), with a hospital prevalence of 11.7 cases/year. The patients were aged 5 days to 16 years (mean 5.6+/-4.7 years). Oliguria was the most common clinical presentation in 184 (87.2%) patients. Hypertension was seen in only 39 (18.5%) patients. The causes were age-related. The neonates had ARF from severe birth asphyxia 27 (35.5%), septicaemia 17 (22.4%), with tetanus 4 (5.3%) and congenital malformations 11 (14.5%). Sixty-one (28.9%) and 29 (13.7%) patients had ARF from gastroenteritis and malaria respectively. The patients with leukaemia were all more than 10 years old and had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Two patients (1.9%) had Burkitts lymphoma involving the abdomen and 3 patients had HIVAN. 112 (53%) patients had anaemia with a mean haematocrit of 20.25+/-6.9%. Dialysis was indicated in 108 patients, but only 24 patients (22.2%) had peritoneal dialysis (PD), because of financial constraints and lack of dialysis equipment. Mortality rate was 40.5%. The causes of death were uraemia 60 (70.6%), overwhelming infection 5 (5.9%), and recurrent anaemia 20 (23.5%). Hypertension (X2 15.7, P<0.001) and lack of dialysis (X2 7.96, P<0.01) significantly affected outcome. Other factors associated with demise were delayed presentation (58.8%), use of herbal treatment (35%), and unaffordability of treatment (40%). ARF is a significant cause of mortality in Nigerian children. The patients are not adequately managed because of poverty and lack of facilities for dialysis. The causes of ARF in our environment are preventable, and should be expected.
    Pediatric Nephrology 11/2005; 20(11):1610-4. · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    Ifeoma C Anochie, Felicia Eke
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    ABSTRACT: We report a case of bilateral renal vein thrombosis in a neonate, and reviewed available literature. The neonate was a macrosomic male born to a mother with glycosuria in pregnancy. There was delay in commencing breasttfeeding for up to 36 hours due to lack of lactation by themother. Clinical and laboratory examination showed enlarged palpable kidneys and azotemia. Diagnosis of bilateral renal vein thrombosis was confirmed by renal ultrasonography. The child is being managed conservatively. Measures aimed at prevention of the disease because of its poor outcome were highlighted.
    Journal of the National Medical Association 01/2005; 96(12):1648-52. · 0.91 Impact Factor
  • I Anochie, F Eke
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    ABSTRACT: Obstructive uropathy is a cause of morbidity and mortality in children. In Port Harcourt, data on causes of obstructive uropathies are not readily available. This study was carried out to identify the causes and outcome of obstructive uropathies seen in our children's ward. The case records of children with the diagnosis of obstructive uropathies who were treated at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) between October 1997 and October 2002 were reviewed. A total of 20 patients, all males were seen. The ages ranged from 4 weeks to 13 years with a mean of 2.3+/-2.8 years. The causes of obstructive uropathy were posterior urethral valves (PUV) 16 (80%), bladder calculi 2 (10%), bladder rhabdomyosarcoma and urethral stenosis 1 (5%) each. Poor stream of urine and dysuria were the commonest presentation. The duration of symptoms ranged from 2 days to 13 years. None of the patients with PUV was diagnosed prenatally. Hypertension and urinary tract infection each were found in 50% of the patients while 6 (30%) presented with features of renal failure. Seven patients died, giving a mortality rate of 35%. Age at presentation less than one year and duration of symptoms longer than one month was associated with higher mortality although it was not statistically significant. PUV is the commonest cause of obstructive uropathy seen in UPTH. Earlier diagnosis during pre-natal period or when this is not possible, diagnosis within the first week of life should be encouraged. Parents, nurses and attending doctors should ensure they observe the urinary stream of every male child before discharge from the hospital for early detection and management of PUV.
    Nigerian journal of medicine: journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria 01/2004; 13(2):136-9.
  • Ifeoma Anochie, Felicia Eke
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    ABSTRACT: A 15-year review of children who presented with chronic renal failure (CRF) to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers State of Nigeria, was carried out. Forty-five children (28 boys, 17 girls) with CRF, defined as a glomerular filtration rate below 30 ml/min per 1.73 m(2) body surface area or a rise in serum creatinine above 120 micro mol/l for at least 6 months, often accompanied by other biochemical abnormalities, were identified. The median annual incidence of CRF was 3.0 per million children. The prevalence of CRF increased from 12.5 in the 1985-1990 periods to 15 per million children after 1995. Acquired disorder was the major cause of CRF. Glomerulopathies were the cause in 53.3% of patients, mainly chronic glomerulonephritis (56.5%) and nephrotic syndrome (30.4%). Hepatitis B surface antigen was positive in 2 patients. Congenital disorders accounted for 28.9% of all cases of CRF, which is lower than data from other countries. Posterior urethral valve was the only congenital disorder causing CRF in the study. No child with hereditary renal disorder as a cause of CRF was identified. Children with congenital disorders were diagnosed at an earlier age. The mortality rate was high (46.7%), as most patients were managed conservatively, since there were no permanent facilities for chronic dialysis or renal transplantation in Nigeria. The study shows that CRF is common in Nigerian children, and there is an urgent need for the establishment of facilities for renal replacement therapy.
    Pediatric Nephrology 08/2003; 18(7):692-5. · 2.94 Impact Factor
  • I Anochie, E Ikpeme
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    ABSTRACT: The research was carried out to study the AIDS awareness and knowledge of 462 final year primary school pupils selected by multistage sampling technique from four primary school in Port Harcourt metropolis. Ninety-seven point six percent pupils reported that they had heard of AIDS. Only 47.6% knew the correct meaning of AIDS. among whom 63.2% were in private schools. Fifty nine point one percent knew that AIDS was transmitted sexually and only 1.3% knew about vertical transmission. Between 0.2-28.4% had wrong or no knowledge about the accurate route of transmission of AIDS. Limited and inaccurate knowledge of the preventive measures of AIDS were demonstrated. Sixty eight (23.8%) were not aware of any preventive measures. The pupils main source of information on AIDS was the mass media. Parents contributed to the knowledge in 8.0% of the respondents. There is therefore an urgent need to intensify and expand the ongoing AIDS campaign especially school based AIDS education programmes to primary school pupils before they enter into secondary and tertiary institutions and become influenced by the peers. Informed parents and religious leaders should also be involved in AIDS education in order to improve the knowledge of children and alter their misconceptions about AIDS transmission and prevention.
    Nigerian journal of medicine: journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria 01/2003; 12(1):27-31.
  • Felicia U Eke, Ifeoma Anochie
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    ABSTRACT: Background Malarial chemoprophylaxis is essential for patients with homozygous sickle cell disease (SCD) who live in areas where malaria is endemic. Endemic regions include most sub-Saharan African countries and Southeast Asia.
    Current Therapeutic Research 01/2003; 64(8):616-625. · 0.45 Impact Factor
  • I Anochie, E Ikpeme
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    ABSTRACT: Sexual activity is on the increase among teenagers worldwide, with a trend towards early onset. These activities are often unplanned and may lead to unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS. Teenagers in developing countries exhibit little knowledge, and exposure to contraceptives. This study was undertaken to describe the knowledge, attitude and use of contraception among female students in Port Harcourt. A self-administered questionnaire was used for the study. Five hundred and thirty four students selected from a female only secondary school in Port Harcourt Local Government Area of Rivers State were studied. The students were aged 8-23 years (mean 15.6 years). Two hundred and sixty four (49.4%) were in junior classes (JSS1-3) and 270 (50.6%) in senior classes (SS1-SS3). Two hundred ninety five (55.2%) of the respondents had heard of at least one contraceptive method. Age and not the academic level significantly influenced the knowledge (p < 0.05). Condom was the commonest method known by the students. Few students (< 10%) had knowledge of the modern contraceptive methods. One hundred and thirty five (25.3%) students believed that contraceptives could be harmful. Among the sexually active girls, only 45.3% had ever used any method of contraception. The use of contraception was more among junior students than senior students (64.5% vs 35.5%) (p < 0.05). We therefore recommend formal sex education in secondary schools in Port Harcourt, in order to improve the reproductive health knowledge and contraceptive use of sexually active girls. The education program must address students' misconceptions about effective methods of contraception targeting the senior students specifically.
    Nigerian journal of medicine: journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria 01/2003; 12(4):217-20.
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    I C Anochie, E E Ikpeme
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    ABSTRACT: Sexual activity among 534 Nigerian female secondary school students was studied using self-administered questionnaire. Prevalence of sexual intercourse was 25.7%. There was no significant difference between the junior (48.2%) and senior (51.8%) students (p > 0.05). Seventeen (12.4%) students had initiated sexual intercourse before 11 years. The frequency of sexual exposure was high, with 34.3% of the students having intercourse more than once in a week. Pregnancy rate among sexually active females was 27.0%, with 24.8% rate of induced abortion. Early sexual health education starting from primary school would be helpful in influencing the reproductive decisions and sexual behaviour of the students, including contraceptive acceptance and usage, to avoid teenage pregnancy. Education of parents is also recommended in order to overcome the cultural barriers that discourage parents from providing sex education to their children at home.
    African Journal of Reproductive Health 08/2001; 5(2):63-7.
  • I C Anochie, F U Eke, A N Okpere
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    ABSTRACT: Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a significant cause of end-stage renal disease. It is generally considered to be sporadic but familial cases have been reported in varied ethnic groups. Genetic mutations implicated in familial FSGS involving NPHS1, NPHS2, WTI and APOL1 have not been studied in African children living outside America. This is the first report of familial FSGS and genetic study from children living in Africa. We reported two siblings; a 4year old male and a 15-year old female from a non-consanguineous family with renal biopsy-confirmed FSGS who presented with Nephrotic syndrome (NS). The male was steroid dependent NS and achieved long term remission after two courses of oral cyclophosphamide, while the elder sister is steroid resistant and has not achieved remission with cyclosporine. We performed mutational analysis on the family by sequencing both strands of all exons of NPHS2, WT1 and APOL1 using exon flanking primers. There was absence of common gene mutations in NPHS2, WT1 and APOL1 gene in any of the two children. We present for the first time mutational analysis of NPHS2, WT1 and APOL1 in a sibling with familial FSGS from Nigeria. There may be different and unidentified gene mutations responsible for FSGS in indigenous African children.
    West African journal of medicine 31(4):273-6.
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    ABSTRACT: Microalbuminuria is an early manifestation of HIV associated nephropathy (HIVAN). This study was to determine the prevalence and risk factors for microalbuminuria in children with HIV infection in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Urine specimen of 50 children with HIV infection seen over a 4 months period (October 2007-February 2008) was assayed for albumin and creatinine to determine urinary albumin to creatinine ratio (ACR). Microalbuminuria was defined as urinary albumin to creatinine ratio (ACR) of greater than 2.5-25 mg/mmol. The glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was calculated using the Schwartz formula. There were 28 (56%) males and 22 (44%) females with a male to female ratio of 1.3:1. They aged 1 month to 18 years with a mean age of 4.07 +/- 3.61 years. Microalbuminuria occurred in 6 (12%) patients; 3 males and 3 females, mean age of 5.5 +/- 4.6 years. Five (83.3%) of the patients with microalbuminuria had clinical AIDS and CD4+ cell count less than 200 cells/microL. All the patients with microalbuminuria were not receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) at the time of study. One (16.7%) patient had overt HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN) with ACR greater than 2.5 mg/mmol, elevated serum creatinine 400 micrommo/L, urea of 20 mmol/L and a GFR of 69 ml/min/1.73m2. The prevalence of microalbuminuria in Nigerian children with HIV infection is high, and it occurs mainly in older children with clinical AIDS who are not on HARRT.
    Nigerian journal of medicine: journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria 19(3):298-301.
  • Ifeoma C Anochie, Barbara E Otaigbe
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Kocher-Debre-Semelaigne (KDS) syndrome is a myopathy of hypothyroidism associated with pseudohypertrophy in infancy or childhood. There are few reported cases of KDS syndrome in the literature. STUDY DESIGN: We present a 5-year-old boy with poor growth and delayed dental and motor development. There was no family history. On examination he had coarse facies, large protruding tongue, athletic build, short stature and mental retardation. The diagnosis of KDS syndrome was based on laboratory and radiologic evidence of congenital hypothyroidism and muscle enlargement. He was started on L-thyroxine at the dose of 4ug/kg/day, and he has shown marked increase in alertness with regressing muscle bulk after 4 weeks of treatment. A short review of the literature is also presented.
    West African journal of medicine 25(4):309-11.
  • A N Okpere, I C Anochie, F U Eke
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    ABSTRACT: The rate and prevalence of hypertension in children is increasing. Childhood hypertensionif untreated can lead to hypertension in adulthood with its consequent cardiovascular and renal complications. Early detection of paediatric hypertension may lead to improvement in cardiovascular health in adults. This study aims to determine the blood pressure (BP) pattern and prevalence of hypertension in asymptomatic secondary school children and factors associated with hypertension in these adolescents. A cross-sectional study of 820 adolescents selected from 12 secondary schools in Port Harcourt was conducted. BP was measured by the auscultatory method. The average of three readings was taken as the actual blood pressure. Hypertension was defined as systolic and/or diastolic blood pressures equal to or greater than the 95th percentile for age, sex and height. Data was analysed using SPSS version 17.0. Systolic and diastolic BP increased with age in all subjects. Male subjects had a higher systolic BP compared to females. Hypertension was seen in 26 (3.2%) subjects; 13males and 13females. The proportional prevalence was higher in the age group 15-17 years (3.9%); in those in social classes V (9.1%) and with family history of hypertension (3.6%), (p ã 0.05 in all cases). It was however significantly higher in the obese subjects (p = 0.000). The prevalence of hypertension in adolescents in Port Harcourt is high and is strongly associated with obesity. We recommend blood pressure measurement as part of the school health programme in secondary schools.
    West African journal of medicine 32(2):93-8.