Childhood aplastic anaemia in Kenya.

Forty two children with aplastic anaemia were seen at Kenyatta National Hospital,
Nairobi, over a period of 8 years (1980-1988). These have been analysed with
respect to sex, age and area of geographical origin. The overall male:female
ratio is 1:1 with a preponderance of Kikuyu patients. Repeated transfusions was
the commonest presenting feature and rapid onset was associated with poor
prognosis. Exposure to herbicides/pesticides and other agrochemicals is
implicated in the aetiopathogenesis of childhood aplastic anaemia in Kenya.

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