Background: Kaolin consumption is common in our sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of this study was to assess the effects of kaolin consumption on the outcome of surgery in women.
Methods: It was a cohort study comparing the occurrence of complications during labor among 263 consecutively recruited women who underwent gynecologic or obstetric surgery at the Yaoundé Gyneco-Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital, Cameroon. Sixty of them (22.8%) declared kaolin consumption before surgery and 203 (77.2%) who denied having consumed kaolin before surgery.
Results: Kaolin consumption was found to predispose to postsurgical infections (RR=3.03; IC=1.82-5.05).
Conclusions: Kaolin geophagia should be identified before surgery to prevent related postsurgical infections. A systematic ban of kaolin consumption is also recommended.
Cameroon, Kaolin, Outcome, Postsurgical infections, Surgery