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Glaucoma prevalence may not be uniformly high in all 'black' populations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14510115     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Epidemiological data on the prevalence of glaucoma are generally presented for populations described as "whites" or "blacks". "Black" populations appear to have a higher glaucoma preva lence than "white" populations. We describe a population-baseed survey for glaucoma in rural Northern Nigeria. A total of 1563 Hausa/Fulani individuals aged 5 years and above, underwent an extensive screening test and a detailed ophthalmological examination was performed on individuals who failed the test. The overall prevalence of open angle glaucoma in this population was 1.02% (0.12 to 3.64, 95% confidence interval) in individuals 45 years of age and older. This is lower than the prevalence rates reported for other "black" populations. The low prevalence of glaucoma detected in this African population may be, to some extent, a reflection of the age structure of the population studied or methodological differences in ophthalmic examinations performed. It is also possible that the prevalence of glaucoma varies considerably between "black" populations due to genetic heterogeneity or the effect of some unidentified environmental exposure. The use of the simple description of populations as 'black' (or 'white'), which focuses on a commonality, tends to obscure the potential heterogeneity within and between populations and thus may be unhelpful in some circumstances.
I E Murdoch; S N Cousens; O E Babalola; Y F Yang; A Abiose; B R Jones
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  African journal of medicine and medical sciences     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0309-3913     ISO Abbreviation:  Afr J Med Med Sci     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-26     Completed Date:  2003-10-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801013     Medline TA:  Afr J Med Med Sci     Country:  Nigeria    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  337-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Kaduna, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans / statistics & numerical data*
African Continental Ancestry Group
Aged, 80 and over
Child, Preschool
Glaucoma, Open-Angle / ethnology*
Mass Screening
Middle Aged
Nigeria / epidemiology
Population Surveillance*

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