A 5 YEAR’S RETROSPECTIVE CASE SERIES ON THE CLINICAL PROFILE AND MANAGEMENT OF RETINOBLASTOMA AT MAPUTO CENTRAL HOSPITAL, MOZAMBIQUE
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Ongoing

ABSTRACT

Background: Retinoblastoma is the commonest intraocular malignancy in childhood. The national epidemiological characteristics of retinoblastoma in Mozambique are not clearly known. The diagnosis is mainly clinical, but histology confirms and determines the diagnosis and the extent of the tumour. This in turn helps in determining the best treatment and follow-up protocol. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment leads to a favourable outcome while a delayed diagnosis and inappropriate treatment can be fatal.

Objective: To determine the pattern of presentation and management of retinoblastoma patients at "Maputo Central Hospital" during a period of 5 years (1st January 2009 to 31st December 2013)

Study type: The study will be a retrospective case series.

Study period: The study will be carried out for a period of approximately 1 year (January 2014- May   2015)

Methodology: This study shall be carried out primarily by identifying the IP number of relevant records of retinoblastoma patients from attendance, admission, discharge/death and surgery registers books in Ophthalmology Services, Paediatric Oncology ward and theatres at Maputo Central Hospital (MCH). The IP number will be used to retrieve relevant files from the records department with the help of a records clerk. After all the files within the identified timeframe are retrieved, they will be accessed in chronological order (from the oldest) and relevant clinical information recorded will be extracted and entered into a structured data collection instrument (Questionnaire) for analysis. Information sought will be demographic characteristics, clinical presentation, investigations done, the methods of management of retinoblastoma patients and the discharge/death records.

Analysis: Data collected will be analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS) version 21.0. Descriptive statistics such as frequencies, mode, median and mean will be used to summarize the data. Results will be presented in graphs, charts and tables.

Collaborators: 

Dr LACEA DEMANDE
DR NYENZE MUINDI
PROF DUNERA ILAKO

Start Month: 
May
Start Year: 
2014
End Month: 
September
End Year: 
2015