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235 Epidemiology of motor neurone disease in wales
  1. Toni Saad1,
  2. Ken Dawson2,
  3. Claire Hirst3,
  4. Idris Baker4,
  5. Andrea Lowman5,
  6. Mark Wardle6,
  7. Katharine Harding2,
  8. on behalf of the South Wales Motor Neurone Disease6
  1. 1University Hospital of UK
  2. 2Department of Neurology, Royal Gwent Hospital
  3. 3Department of Neurology, Morriston Hospital
  4. 4Department of Palliative Care, Morriston Hospital
  5. 5Department of Neurology, Rookwood Hospital
  6. 6Department of Neurology, University Hospital of UK


Background National registries of patients with rare disease such as motor neurone disease (MND) can lead to more reliable epidemiological estimates.

Methods The South Wales MND Network records clinical data on all patients referred to the specialist MND clinics in south Wales and diagnosed with MND. Anonymised data was accessed for analysis. The prevalence date was 23/6/2016, and all patients registered with the South Wales MND Network, alive and resident in the region on that date were included. Population estimates were obtained from Welsh Government data.

Results There were 202 people with MND on the prevalence date, of whom 122 (60.4%) were male. The median time from onset to diagnosis was 1.4 years (interquartile range 0.9–2.4 years). Prevalence in the region was 8.8 per 100,000. This varied by local health board, with the highest prevalence seen in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (12.1 per 100,000), and the lowest in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (7.0 per 100,000). Male:female ratio was similar for all local health boards (χ2=3.6, p=0.46).

Conclusions Our estimates of prevalence are in keeping with other European countries. Future investigation into variation in MND prevalence may provide insights into underlying mechanisms of disease.

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