Prevalence of hereditary ataxias and paraplegias in the province of Torino, Italy

F. Brignolio, M. Leone, A. Tribolo, M. G. Rosso, P. Meineri, D. Schiffer

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A descriptive epidemiological survey of hereditary ataxias and spastic paraplegias was conducted in the province of Torino, Italy (2 327 996 inhabitants). On prevalence day (31 December 1982) 142 patients were alive. Total prevalence was 6.1 cases/100,000 inhabitants (95% confidence limits=5.1-7.0). The prevalence rate was 2.6 for recessive or sporadic juvenile ataxias, 1.3 for spastic paraplegias, 1.2 for autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxias, and 1.1 for late onset cerebellar ataxias. The prevalence of hereditary ataxias is similar in our province to that recorded in other populations, but hereditary spastic paraplegias are less frequent than in other populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-435
Number of pages5
JournalItalian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1986


  • Ataxia
  • epidemiology
  • hereditary spastic paraplegias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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