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Prevalence of multiple sclerosis in Al Quseir city, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt

Authors El-Tallawy HN, Farghaly WM, Badry R, Metwally NA, Shehata GA, Rageh TA, El Hamed MA, Kandil MR

Received 25 April 2015

Accepted for publication 27 October 2015

Published 13 January 2016 Volume 2016:12 Pages 155—158

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S87348

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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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