Pattern of neurological diseases in adult outpatient neurology clinics in tertiary care hospital

Safia Awan, Saad Shafqat, Ayeesha Kamran Kamal, Aziz Sonawalla, Sarwar Siddiqui, Fowzia Siddiqui, Mohammad Wasay

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Objectives: The burden of neurological diseases in developing countries is rising although little is known about the epidemiology and clinical pattern of neurological disorders. The objective of this study was to understand the burden of disease faced by neurologists a in tertiary care setting. Results: A prospective observational study was conducted of all presentations to neurology clinics at Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi over a period of 2 years. A total of 16,371 out-patients with neurological diseases were seen during the study period. The mean age of the study participants were 46.2 ± 18.3 years and 8508 (52%) were male. Headache disorders were present in 3058 (18.6%) of patients followed by vascular diseases 2842 (17.4%), nerve and root lesions 2311 (14.1%) and epilepsies 2055 (12.5%). Parkinson's disease was more prevalent in male participants 564 (70.8%) as compared to female 257 (62.1%) (p = 0.002). Migraines and vertigo disease were more diagnosed in females as compared to males. Epilepsies were seen more in younger age groups. Parkinson's disease was seen in 50.9% of participants between the ages of 45 and 65 years, and the frequency increased with age.

Original languageEnglish
Article number545
JournalBMC Research Notes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2017


  • Clinical pattern
  • Developing countries
  • Epidemiology
  • Neurological disorders


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