Clinical features of multiple sclerosis in the south of Brazil: a partial analysis

Alessandro Finkelsztejn, Rafael do Amaral Cristovam, Gisele Silva de Moraes, Mariah Graziani de Souza Mello Lopes, Aline Vitali da Silva, Marcio Severo Garcia, Caroline Miotto Menegat Cola, Carlos Eduardo Bastiani, Lísia Barros Ferreira, Amanda Lucas da Costa, Silvete Maria Brandão Schneider, Thirzá Baptista Frison
2009 Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria  
There are no published studies on the characteristics of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients from the south of Brazil. OBJECTIVE: To identify the clinical features of a series of MS patients and to compare to other Brazilian series. METHOD: Retrospective study with 67 patients followed in The MS Reference Center - RS, Brazil during the year of 2008. We analyzed demographic and clinical data. RESULTS: Most were women (74.6%), the general average age was 43.5 years old, and the general average EDSS
more » ... neral average EDSS score was 4.1. Of those patients, 81.8% had relapsing-remitting MS. Sexual dysfunction prevalence was 31.1% in men and 68.9% in women (p<0.01). We found a positive correlation (Spearman=0.444, p<0.05) between EDSS and depressive symptoms. CONCLUSION: This study showed a very similar sample compared to other states of Brazil. Moreover, there was found a high prevalence of sexual dysfunction and a straight relation between EDSS and depressive symptoms.
doi:10.1590/s0004-282x2009000600021 pmid:20069222 fatcat:vecmde5spfh77pp2s755ahfczi