Traditional Uvulectomy: A common and potentially life-threatening practice in a developing country

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Ikenna Kingsley Ndu
Chukwunonyerem Precious Duke-Onyeabo
Ngozi Nancy Onu
Oluebube Gloria Nnamani
Chukwunonso Chigozie Iheji


Objective: Traditional uvulectomy is a harmful practice that involves the removal of the uvula. It is usually performed by non-medical personnel using mostly unsterile instruments. Notwithstanding the increasing number of health facilities, it is surprising that this aged-long crude practice with significant complications is still rampant in the 21st century.

Material and Methods: This is a case series of four males with the age range of 5-months to four years who had traditional uvulectomy following febrile illnesses but with no improvement of symptoms. Thereafter, all presented late to our facility with diverse complications, including haemorrhage, infections, and convulsions. Three recovered fully following prompt treatment, however, one mortality was recorded.

Conclusion: These cases highlight the life-threatening complications associated with traditional uvulectomy and the need for drastic measures to curtail the practice.


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Ndu, I. K., Duke-Onyeabo, C. P., Onu, N. N. ., Nnamani, O. G., & Iheji, C. C. (2022). Traditional Uvulectomy: A common and potentially life-threatening practice in a developing country. Medical Science and Discovery, 9(8), 450–453.
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Received 2022-08-14
Accepted 2022-08-22
Published 2022-08-24


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