Friday, March 23, 2007

predictors of disability in MS

Langer-Gould A, Popat RA, Huang SM, Cobb K, et al. Clinical and demographic predictors of long-term disability inpatients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. A systematic review. Arch Neurol 63: 1686-91 2006

Study based on meta-analysis, including studies in the literature since 1966 that met preselected criteria, including differentiation of RRMS, enrollment of greater than 40 patients, observation > 5 years, and followup collection exceeding 80 percent.

The most important predictors were sphincter symptoms at onset and early disease course outcomes. Age at onset, sex, were weak factors.

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