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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 45-48

Anthropometric profiles of homozygous sickle cell children in North-Western Nigeria: Findings from usmanu danfodiyo university teaching hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria

1 CAFOD, 3 Fan Drive, Jenta Adamu, Jos, Nigeria
2 Department of Community Health, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria
3 Department of School of Health Information Management, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria
4 Our Lady of Apostle Hospital, Jos, Nigeria

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Aim: The aim of this study was to assess and compare the growth of homozygous sickle cell disease children aged 12 - 60 months with their non- sickle cell disease counterparts in North-Western Nigerian city of Sokoto. Methodology: The anthropometric parameters of homozygous SS children aged 12 - 60 months were compared with non- sickle cell disease children of similar socio-demographic characteristics. Results: The homozygous SS children had significantly lower mean weight (9.94 ± 3.04 kg) when compare to the non- sickle cell disease children (12.66 ± 3.57 kg) (p < 0.05). Their mean height (73.75 ± 11.82 cm) and mid upper arm circumference (9.06 ± 2.17 cm) were both comparably lower than those of their non-sickle cell disease counterparts (108.71 ± 12.21 cm and 10.19 ± 2.19 cm respectively), both differences being found to be significant (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Consistent with studies from other places, homozygous SS children had lower growth and development as evident from their lower anthropometric profiles.

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