Limb amputations at a Tertiary Hospital in the Developing World: A Look at Pattern and Indications

A Bafor, O Akinyemi


Objectives: To determine the pattern of amputations in a tertiary centre.

Design: Retrospective.

Setting: Orthopaedic Department of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria.

Patients: Two hundred and ten (210) Individuals who underwent limb amputations between January 2007 and December 2011.

Results: There were one hundred and forty nine (149) male and sixty one (61) female patients (71% and 29% respectively). The ages ranged from one year (1) to ninety years (90). The mean age at presentation was 42.33±19.96 (SEM = 1.378). Limb ischaemia, trauma and neoplasia made up 55.7%, 35.7% and 4.8% respectively of all cases analyzed. There were one hundred and fifty (150) lower limb amputations and sixty (60) upper limb amputations.

Conclusion: Limb Ischaemia is the commonest indication for amputations done at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.


Limb amputation, trauma, gangrene

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