Presentation of Breast Diseases in Warri, Nigeria
Keywords:Breast symptoms, Breast lump, Breast cancer
Introduction: The pattern of breast disease presentation in Warri is not known. Knowing the pattern of presentation will enable planning for adequate scarce resource utilization.
Patients and methods: A prospective descriptive study was done in Central Hospital, Warri. A pro-forma was designed, including the bio data, presentation, investigation and treatment of all patients presenting to the breast clinic in the hospital between January 2008 and January 2009. Data entered into Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and analyzed.
Results: A total of 142 patients, all females, presented to the clinic. Age range was 16-82years with a median of 29 and mean of 33.37 years. The three main complaints were breast lump 111(78.17%), breast pain 24(16.90%) and nipple discharge 7(4.93%). Fibroadenoma 46(41.44%) are the most common histological diagnosis. 18.02% of the breast lumps were malignant.
Conclusion: Breast lump is the most common complaint in our breast clinic of which 18% of the breast lumps were malignant.
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