Prevalence of multiple sclerosis in Al Quseir city, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt
Authors El Tallawy H, Farghaly W, Badry R, Metwally N, Shehata G, Rageh T, Ibrahim MAAEH, Kandil M
Received 25 April 2015
Accepted for publication 27 October 2015
Published 13 January 2016 Volume 2016:12 Pages 155—158
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Editor who approved publication: Dr Roger Pinder
Hamdy N El-Tallawy,1 Wafaa M A Farghaly,1 Reda Badry,1 Nabil A Metwally,2 Ghaydaa A Shehata,1 Tarek A Rageh,1 Mohamed Abd El Hamed,1 Mahmoud R Kandil1
1Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Assiut University Hospital, Assiut, Egypt; 2Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Al Azhar University Hospital, Assiut Branch, Assiut, Egypt
Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and disabling disorder with considerable social effects and economic sequelae. It is one of the major causes of disability in young adults.
Objectives: This study aimed at detecting the prevalence of MS among the population of Al Quseir city.
Methods: This study is a part of door-to-door survey of major neurological disorders that was conducted in Al Quseir city, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt. The sample size was 33,285 persons. The youngest patient was 17 years old. The number of people at and above 17 years of age was 21,827. They were screened by three neurologists. Then, the positive cases were subjected to meticulous clinical evaluation by three staff members of Department of Neurology, Assiut University Hospital, Egypt. Essential investigations were done.
Results: A total of three cases of MS were diagnosed with an age-specific prevalence ≥17 years of 13.7/100,000.
Keywords: prevalence, multiple sclerosis, Al Quseir, door-to-door survey
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