Table 1

Characteristics of patients with MS and controls
Parameter Patients (n = 67) Controls (n = 21) p
Female/male (%) 48.0/52.0 33.3/66.7 ns*
Age (years ± SD) 35.7 ± 9.5 32.9 ± 10.1 ns
Age at onset (years ± SD) 27.6 ± 7.5 -
Disease course, n (%) -
CIS 5 (7.5)
RR 41 (61.2)
CP 21 (31.3)
Disease duration (years ± SD) 9.1 ± 6.3 -
EDSS (mean ± SD) 3.9 ± 2.1 -
3.8§
MSSS (mean ± SD) 5.4 ± 2.7 - 0.000002#,$
in RR group 4.6 ± 2.0
in CP group 7.4 ± 1.3

CIS: clinically isolated syndrome; RR: relapsing-remitting; CP: chronic progressive (including secondary progressive and primary progressive); EDSS: Expanded Disability Status Scale; MSSS: Multiple Sclerosis Severity Score; * χ2 ; § median; ANOVA; # ANOVA for RR vs. CP patients; $ Scheffe’s post-hoc test for RR vs. CP patients; the values represent the means ± S.D.

Krsmanović et al.

Krsmanović et al. BMC Neurology 2013 13:90   doi:10.1186/1471-2377-13-90

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