Research done at Yirga Alem Hospital

On this page I will present research that I did while working at Yirga Alem Hospital. Some of the publications are not available online, and I will present full-text articles on this web-page.

Cancer in Sidama:

Lindtjørn B. Cancer in southern Ethiopia. J Trop Med Hyg. 1987;90:181-7. PubMed PMID: 474.

In a study from three hospitals (Yirga Alem, Arba Minch and Gidole) in Southern Ethiopia, the following pattern of cancers was found:  Among men, hepatic carcinoma, lymphomas and superficial malignancies (skin cancers including melanomas and superficial soft tissue sarcomas) were the most common malignancies, while among women, cervical, breast and ovarian cancers predominate. Hodgkin’s disease and Burkitt’s lymphoma are most common among childhood lymphomas, whereas non-Hodgkin lymphomas of other types dominate among adults. Cancer of the stomach is the second most common internal malignancy among both men and women.

A full text copy can be downloaded here: Lindtjorn-cancer in southern Ethiopia 1987

Lindtjorn, B. (2019, September 2). Lymphomas and Kaposi’s Sarcoma in South Ethiopia: results from a cancer registry 1963 – 1986.

The pattern of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and aggressive Kaposi’s sarcoma is known to have changed in some countries as the prevalence of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome increases. A retrospective analysis of histologically verified cancers in southern Ethiopia during the period 1963-86 did not demonstrate any change in the pattern of aggressive Kaposi’s sarcoma nor of Non-Hodgkin lymphomas, suggesting that the HIV epidemic did not start before the mid-1980s.