Demographic Distribution of Oculoplastic Disorders in Port Harcourt Nigeria

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Aim: To find the age and gender variation in oculoplastic-related disorders in Port Harcourt. Methods: This study was a hospital-based retrospective study involving retrieval of records of all oculoplastic disorders University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Nigeria. The various ocular disorders in the hospital are routinely entered into an Ophthalmology register from where the data were extracted. Data analysis was performed using United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epi-Info version 7 software. Results: The commonest case was Chalazion (32%) followed by Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia (8.9%), Thyroid Eye Disease, Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction both contributing 5.7% each. There were 49 (39.8%) males and 74 (60.2%) females. The male to female ratio was 2:3.The commonest affected age group was 21-30 years (33.3%),followed by 31-40 years(15.5%).The least affected age group were those that were above 70 years which constituted 2.4%. Conclusion: Female gender and the age group of 21-30 were seen more with oculoplastic conditions probably due to the more sensitivity of females and also of these young adults to cosmetic blemishes posed oculoplastic related cases.

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Keywords: Oculoplastic Disorders; Pattern; University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital
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