Statistics about Multiple Sclerosis


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Multiple Sclerosis. The term 'prevalence' of Multiple Sclerosis usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Multiple Sclerosis at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Multiple Sclerosis refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Multiple Sclerosis diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Multiple Sclerosis: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Multiple Sclerosis)
  Prevalance of Multiple Sclerosis: 1-in-700 (NIAID)
  Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 700 or 0.14% or 388,571 people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Multiple Sclerosis: Multiple sclerosis afflicts 1 in 700 people in this country.1
  Prevelance statistics about Multiple Sclerosis: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Multiple Sclerosis:
  • 300,000 Americans
  • 146,892 people in the USA 1996 2
  • 250,000 to 500,000 cases in the US (Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, NIH, 2004)
  • Estimated 250,000 to 500,000 Americans (NWHIC)

Society statistics for Multiple Sclerosis
  Hospitalization statistics for Multiple Sclerosis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Multiple Sclerosis:
  • 0.129% (16,411) of hospital consultant episodes were for multiple sclerosis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for multiple sclerosis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31% of hospital consultant episodes for multiple sclerosis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 69% of hospital consultant episodes for multiple sclerosis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 23% of hospital consultant episodes for multiple sclerosis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 13.9 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for multiple sclerosis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for multiple sclerosis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for multiple sclerosis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 86% of hospital consultant episodes for multiple sclerosis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for multiple sclerosis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 37% of hospital consultant episodes for multiple sclerosis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.199% (104,557) of hospital bed days were for multiple sclerosis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Understanding Autoimmune Disease: NIAID
2. Rose and Mackay, 1998, The Autoimmune Diseases, Third Edition

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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