Publications by authors named "Mathayo Shadrack"

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Perforated Meckel's diverticulum in omphalocele in a newborn: A case report of an uncommon presentation from northern Tanzania.

Int J Surg Case Rep 2021 Aug 27;85:106246. Epub 2021 Jul 27.

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Faculty of Medicine, P O Box 2240, Moshi, Tanzania; Department of Pediatrics, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, P O Box 3010, Moshi, Tanzania.

Introduction And Importance: The concurrent existence of Omphalocele and Meckel's diverticulum is not unheard of but is relatively uncommon. A few cases of their coexistence have been reported. Due to the uncommon dual presentation, it is easy to delay or even miss the diagnosis, delaying management. Meckel's diverticulum should be considered if there is a bowel opening on an omphalocele.

Case Presentation: Herein we present a newborn male baby who was referred to us presenting with an omphalocele that was leaking faeces. The baby also had a cleft lip and palate. He was born at term to a 30-year-old mother whose pregnancy was otherwise normal. The fistulated omphalocele was surgically repaired, and the child continued to do well.

Clinical Discussion: Omphalocele and Meckel's diverticulum are both relatively rare congenital malformations that are uncommonly present together. Other congenital malformations can be associated; hence thorough investigations should be carried out when resources are available. The search for associated malformation should not delay the management of the pathology as it can have serious consequences on the health and outcome of the child.

Conclusion: Fistulation of Meckel's diverticulum on an Omphalocele is rare. Treatment involves surgical resection and repair. Though other co-morbidities should be investigated, investigation for cause and other co-morbidities should not delay surgery.
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August 2021

Modified gastrostomy feeding tubes in patients with oesophageal cancer: our experience from Northern Tanzania.

J Surg Case Rep 2021 May 27;2021(5):rjab221. Epub 2021 May 27.

Department of General Surgery, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Moshi, Tanzania.

Surgeons in resource-limited settings have adapted to overcome the challenges of the limitations of resources using different available methods and inventions from the local environment. We report four cases of oesophageal cancer palliatively treated with improvised gastrostomy feeding tubes by using 24Fr urinary catheters, to optimize their nutritional status to withstand chemotherapy/radiotherapy. Two patients managed to begin chemo and radiotherapy, but only one out of the four survived. The aim of this report is to appraise the methods used by surgeons to overcome the challenges they face in clinical practice.
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May 2021