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Complications of Female Circumcision in Nigerian Igbos



An analysis is made of 43 children and 15 adult female patients who presented with
post-circumcision complications at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital,
Enugu, between January 1973 and December 1980; 57 patients had been circumcised
within 21 days of birth and one patient in the seventh month of her first
pregnancy. Age of presentation varied with the severity of the symptoms: 21
children and 11 adults presented with varying degrees of labial occlusion, while
9 children and 4 adults had im~lantation dermoids. Urinary retention was the
problem in 12 children and one adult