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Risk factors for severe COVID-19 in MS patients


Key clinical point: Age, disability, and obesity were independent risk factors for severe COVID-19 in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Major finding: Higher age (odds ratio [OR] per 10 years, 1.9; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.4-2.5), Expanded Disability Severity Status scores of 6 (OR, 6.3; 95% CI, 2.8-14.4), and obesity (OR, 3.0; 95% CI, 1.03-8.7) were independently associated with severe COVID-19 (severity score 3) Modification of disease-modifying therapies had no association with COVID-19 outcomes.

Study details : A multicenter, retrospective, observational cohort study analyzed data for 347 MS patients with confirmed or highly suspected COVID-19.

Disclosures: The study did not receive any specific funding. The authors reported relationships with multiple pharmaceutical companies and institutions.

Citation: Louapre C et al. JAMA Neurol. 2020 Jun 26 . doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2020.2581.

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