Wilms tumour among children attending Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital: Clinico-pathological characteristics and outcome at the end of treatment

  • Innocent Okello
  • Rebecca Tibenderana
  • Abubaker Lubega
  • Elias Tuhairwe
  • Martin Situma
Keywords: Wilms tumour, clinico-pathological characteristics, outcomes


Background: Wilms’ tumour (WT), is the commonest malignant renal tumour in children and most common solid tumour in Africa. In Sub-Saharan Africa it is the commonest intra-abdominal tumour. Wilms’ tumour is the commonest abdominal solid tumour in children in Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. Survival is determined by tumour histology, tumour biology, stage at diagnosis and surgery. There is however no information regarding the clinico-pathological characteristics and treatment outcome of WT in Mbarara regional referral hospital. This study therefore set out to determine clinico-pathological characteristics of Wilms’ tumour among children attending Mbarara regional referral hospital and end of treatment outcome.

Procedure: A retrospective medical record review of all children diagnosed with WT at MRRH between January 2014 and March 2016 was done. Ten patients who had been diagnosed with WT between April 2016 and December 2016 and also receiving treatment at MRRH were recruited prospectively into the study. Data on various sociodemographics, clinical findings, histological characteristics and treatment outcome was collected. For data collected retrospectively patients were called in for follow up.

Results: Records of 14 patients were reviewed retrospectively and 10 patients were recruited (prospectively). Of these 2 were lost to follow up.  Male to female ratio was 1:1. Mean age at diagnosis was 46 months. All the patients presented with an abdominal mass.  Sixty seven percent presented in the pathological stage I and II of WT. Sixty seven percent of the patients had unfavourable histology and of these, 63% had diffuse anaplasia. Blastemal-monophasic was seen in 43% of the patients.  Only 59% were alive at the end of treatment.

Conclusion: Our patients are similar with regard to gender ratio, mean age at diagnosis, age distribution as described in literature. However, our patients differ in histological characteristics with a big proportion having anaplasia compared to WT studies done elsewhere. Only Two thirds of the patients were alive at the end of treatment.

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