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Cause of death in patients attending multiple sclerosis clinics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1866003     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Between 1972 and 1988, 145 deaths occurred among 3,126 patients attending the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinics in Vancouver, British Columbia (N = 1,583), and London, Ontario (N = 1,543). We could determine the exact cause of death in 82.1% of cases (119 of 145). Of the 119 patients for whom the cause of death was known, 56 deaths (47.1%) were directly attributed to complications of MS. Of the remaining 63 deaths, 18 (28.6%) were suicides, 19 (30.2%) were due to malignancy, 13 (20.6%) to an acute myocardial infarction, seven (11.1%) to stroke, and the remainder (9.5%) to miscellaneous causes, of which two may have been suicides. The proportion of suicides among MS deaths was 7.5 times that for the age-matched general population, and the proportion of MS deaths from malignancy was 0.67 times that for the age-matched general population. The proportion of deaths due to malignancy and stroke was the same for the MS patients and the age-matched general population.
A D Sadovnick; K Eisen; G C Ebers; D W Paty
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurology     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0028-3878     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurology     Publication Date:  1991 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-09-06     Completed Date:  1991-09-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401060     Medline TA:  Neurology     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1193-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, University Hospital-UBC Site, Vancouver, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Cause of Death*
Cerebrovascular Disorders / mortality
Multiple Sclerosis / complications,  mortality*
Myocardial Infarction / mortality
Neoplasms / mortality
Comment In:
Neurology. 1992 Jun;42(6):1255   [PMID:  1530715 ]

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