The incidence of motor nueron disease in Scotland

Raeburn B. Forbes, Shuna Colville, John Parratt, Robert J. Swingler

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    Between 1989 and 1998, 1226 cases of ALS/MND were identified in Scotland, with mean age of onset 65.2 (SD 11.9) years for men and 67.2 (SD 11.0) for women. Annual standardized incidence was 2.40 per 100,000 (95% CI 2.22-2.58). Using capture recapture methods we confirm a high level of case ascertainment for each year of study. Incidence and ascertainment of ALS has remained stable in a large population over a prolonged period of time. Large population-based databases can be used to test aetiological hypotheses.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)866-869
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Neurology
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Adolescent
    • Adult
    • Age Factors
    • Aged
    • Aged, 80 and over
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
    • Child
    • Female
    • Humans
    • Incidence
    • Male
    • Middle Aged
    • Motor Neuron Disease
    • Reference Values
    • Scotland


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