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Prevalence of Multiple Sclerosis: Door-to-Door Survey in Three Rural Areas of Coastal Black Sea Regions of Turkey.
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PMID:  22133733     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: Little information exists on multiple sclerosis (MS) in Turkey. With a door-to-door survey in an urban part of Istanbul, we recently reported a prevalence rate of 101/100,000 population. We therefore investigated three rural areas of Turkey at the same latitude. Methods: The same survey methods were used for total populations of two rural areas (Kandıra and Geyve) near Istanbul, and for half the population of Erbaa, all near 40° north latitude on the Black Sea coast. Results: In Kandıra, 5 of 8 suspects were diagnosed as having MS among 8,171 screened, resulting in a prevalence rate of 61/100,000. Geyve with 7 MS cases in 17,016 screened had a prevalence of 41/100,000, and Erbaa with 15 MS cases in 28,177 screened one of 53/100,000. Together they showed a prevalence of 51/100,000. Of the 27 patients, 20 were women; 25 had definite and 2 possible MS, the former all with abnormal laboratory findings. Average ages were 30.5 years at onset and 39.1 years at diagnosis. Clinical features and course were typical of European MS. Conclusion: These findings indicate that Turkey is a high-risk MS area, similar to most regions of Mediterranean Europe, where all recent increases are likely due to (undefined) environmental factors.
Ulkü Türk Börü; Mustafa Taşdemir; Neşe Güler; Elif Dilaver Ayık; Ayşegül Kumaş; Serhan Yıldırım; Arda Duman; Haydar Sur; John F Kurtzke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-12-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuroepidemiology     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1423-0208     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8218700     Medline TA:  Neuroepidemiology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  231-235     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Neurology Clinic, Dr. Lütfi Kindar Kartal Training and Research Hospital, Marmara University Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey.
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