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MS prevalence estimates reach highest point to date

Key clinical point: The prevalence of multiple sclerosis (MS) has risen over the last 5 decades, culminating in the highest estimate yet for 2010.

Major finding: The 2010 prevalence for MS cumulated over 10 years was 309.2 per 100,000 population (95% confidence interval, 308.1–310.1).

Study details: An analysis of private, military, and public administrative health claims via a validated algorithm plus 2010 U.S. Census data.

Disclosures: The study was funded by a grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The authors reported numerous disclosures, including receiving consulting fees, researching funding, and grant support from various government agencies, foundations, and pharmaceutical companies.


Wallin MT et al. Neurology. 2019 Feb 15. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000007035.