Monthly Archives: May 2013

CARDIO-PULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR)

…the man suddenly slumped, the ladies around shrieked and screamed, the party came to a sudden halt, people milling around wondering what could have happened, speculation filled the air. It took a while before someone could organise a car and they lifted him in speeding off to the nearest ER, where he was confirmed dead on arrival!
Could anything have been done to save that life, and indeed many others? YES! Continue reading CARDIO-PULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR)

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Menstrual Cycle

Dr: When was your last normal menstrual period (LNMP)?
Lady: em…sometime last month, I think!
Dr: Pls can u be more specific?
Lady: I can’t remember exactly…
Dr: What’s your regular/usual cycle length?
Lady: em…most times it flows well for 3 days, then…
Dr: Sorry to cut u short, but I meant the cycle length…that is the number of days between one period and the next
Lady: Oh I see…its every month na!

The above is an excerpt from a typical discussion between a Dr and a female patient…and its exasperatingly quite common. Its amazing to realise how many ladies know so little about their menstrual cycle pattern or understand that therein lies the clue to many gynaecological problems!
Let’s briefly undertake a study of some relevant details of the menstrual cycle. Continue reading Menstrual Cycle

De-MYSTIFYING JEDI-JEDI!

hemorrhoids1The term “jedijedi” is a local parlance (especially among the Yoruba speaking people) that typically refers to Anal Haemorrhoids or in a few instances may refer to Dysentery.
Anal Haemorrhoids (aka Pile) refers to a dilatation of veins in the anus often leading to bleeding while defaecating with associated pain following prolapse. The condition is exacerbated (and may be caused) by strainingimages-2 accompanying constipation or that induced by over purgation. Less often, the diarrhoea of enteritis or the dysenteries aggravates latent haemorrhoids.  Continue reading De-MYSTIFYING JEDI-JEDI!

De-MYSTIFYING “TYPHOID”

The seeming fascination of Nigerians for the bizarre never ceases to amaze me! We just aren’t satisfied with a simple diagnosis but rather have cultivated a penchant for austere and nebulous diagnosis.
medical-consultationThis fact has been exploited by many in different circles to achieve their selfish aim.Tell a typical Nigerian patient that he/she has Malaria only and they look down at you in disbelief and then tell you “…but this my fever (or condition generally) is too serious for Malaria only oh! I’m sure its Typhoid!
“The “Doctor” who proudly announces that the patient has “Typhoid” is the “good one” and knows his business! The patient is much more willing to pay large amounts for treatment of this “Typhoid” than to spend a little on treatment of “simple malaria”. Continue reading De-MYSTIFYING “TYPHOID”