Chronic symmetric polyneuropathy in the elderly: A field screening investigation in two regions of Italy: Background and methods of assessment

M. Luisa Monticelli, Ettore Beghi, Luigi Amoruso, Francesco Apollo, Pietro di Viesti, Pasquale Simone, Michele Zarrelli, M. Luisa Delodovici, Giampiero Grampa, Michele Perini, Pietro Tonali, Donata Bombelli, Giuseppe G. Bombelli, Danilo Castiglioni, Giorgio Ciancetti, Annunziata Ciani, Alessandro Cova, Vittorio Ferrari, Stefano Galli, Teodora GandiniDaniela Giussani, Roberta Luoni, Claudio Squali Pa, Marco Passamonti, Roberto Pericoli, Renato Picotti, Mauro Pigni, Silvano Pisani, Daniele Ponti, Mauro Puricelli, Cristina Scorba, Aurclio Scssa, Dario Sinapi, Giulio Taramelli, Grazia G. Venosta, Romano Zuccoli, Francesco Canistro, Matteo Capuano, Maria Cursio, Matteo Danza, Michele Leggieri, Antonio Melchionda, Grazia da Molen, Emanuele Motta, Francesco Placentino, Nazario Pomella

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Abstract

There are no data on the prevalence and other epidemiologic characteristics of chronic symmetric polyneuropathy (CSP) in the community. This study was designed to assess the prevalence and risk factors of CSP in well-defined elderly (55 years and older) populations from two separate areas in Italy. Thirty-five general practitioners working in the two areas were invited to interview a random sample of patients requesting consultation. They used a pretested questionnaire which focused on selected symptoms of polyneuropathy, common risk factors for CSP, and current drug treatments. Patients giving affirmative answers to the questions on screening symptoms received a further clinical evaluation by a neurologist. Details are given of the general characteristics of the study areas and populations, the methods of case ascertainment, the validation of the screening instruments, and the results of a pilot study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-105
Number of pages37
JournalNeuroepidemiology
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1993

Keywords

  • Aged
  • Polyneuritis occurrence
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical Neurology

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