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Revista Medica Herediana

Print version ISSN 1018-130XOn-line version ISSN 1729-214X

Abstract

VIZCARRA ESCOBAR, Darwin et al. Prevalence of Multiple Sclerosis in Lima - Perú. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2009, vol.20, n.3, pp.146-150. ISSN 1018-130X.

Multiple Sclerosis (ME) is the main demyelinating disease over the world. The epidemiology shows a higher prevalence of this entity in areas away from the equatorial line. There are some prevalence studies published in Latinamerica, but no previous information reported in Peru. Objetive: To determine the prevalence of ME in Lima, Peru. Material and Methods: Capture-recapture method was used to estimate the prevalence of ME in Lima, four centres of patients with ME in the city were evaluated: Hypnos Sleep Institute in "San Felipe" Clinic, Cayetano Heredia Hospital, "El Golf" Clinic and "Esclerosis Múltiple del Perú" Society (ESMUP). Results: The calculated prevalence of ME was 7.69 x 100 000 habitants (Confidence Interval at 95%: 7.09 to 8.30). Conclusions: The estimated prevalence of ME, for Lima, is about the medium low range. (Rev Med Hered 2009;20:146-150).

Keywords : Capture - recapture; epidemiology; multiple sclerosis; Latin America; prevalence.

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