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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 140-144

Vaginal injuries during coitus in Calabar: a 10-year review

Department of Obstetrics/Gynaecology, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria

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A M Abasiattai
Department of Obstetrics/Gynaecology, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar
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Injuries during coitus could result in considerable morbidity and mortality in women. Identifying their pattern of presentation and predisposing factors will aid in their prevention.STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: A descriptive study of patients with coital injuries seen in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (U.C.T.H) Calabar, between 1991 and 2000, with data obtained from case records. RESULTS: Coital injuries constituted 0.7/1000 gynaecological emergencies. Rape (68.0%) was the commonest aetiological factor. It was more common in nulliparous patients (88.0%) and toddlers and teenagers formed the age group most affected. The lower vagina was the most common site of injury (44.0%). Vaginal bleeding was the commonest mode of presentation and hypovolaemic shock, the most common complication. CONCLUSION: Rape is the commonest cause of coital injury in Calabar. Coital injuries should be considered as a differential diagnosis in all cases of abnormal vaginal bleeding particularly in children.

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