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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361


MASHAVAVE, NZ et al. A 7-year retrospective review of renal trauma in paediatric patients in Johannesburg. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2021, vol.59, n.3, pp.127a-127d. ISSN 2078-5151.

BACKGROUND: South African data on paediatric patients with renal trauma that are usually managed conservatively is scarce. This study aimed to review a 7-year experience of paediatric renal trauma and managementMETHODS: A retrospective review of all paediatric admissions with renal injury was conducted in the Department of Paediatric Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand, between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2018. Data from medical records reviewed included patient age, gender, mechanism of injury, severity of injury, management and length of hospital stayRESULTS: Thirty-one patients with renal injuries were identified, of which 30 had complete data. Of these cases, 26/30 (87%) sustained blunt renal injuries and 4/30 (13%) were penetrating. The median age at presentation was 6 years, and 60% were females. Three patients had isolated renal injuries, and 23 had concomitant injuries including hepatic (9), thoracic (8), splenic (5), head (4), facial (3) and ureteric (1). Twenty-three patients were managed non-operatively. Two required renal exploration with resultant nephrectomies and one haemodynamically unstable patient died preoperatively. Four patients required operative intervention for concomitant injuries with no renal exploration. Two patients required ureteric stenting. The median length of hospital stay was 7 days (Range: 4-11 days, IQR 7 daysCONCLUSION: Renal injuries in haemodynamically stable patients should be managed non-operatively. A 93% renal preservation rate was achieved in this cohort of patients with nephrectomy performed only in haemodynamically unstable patients with Grade V injuries, in keeping with international norms

Keywords : paediatric; renal injuries; conservative management; South Africa.

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