Prevalence of cervical spondylotic radiculopathy: A door-to-door survey in a Sicilian municipality

Paolo Ragonese, Giovanni Savettieri, Giuseppe Salemi, Meneghini, Grigoletto, Morgante, Reggio, Di Perri, Giovanni Savettieri, Patti

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Introduction - Because of the limited information on cervical spondylotic radiculopathy, we conducted a door-to-door two-phase survey in a Sicilian municipality. Material and methods - We first screened for cervical spondylotic radiculopathy among the inhabitants of the municipality: (N = 7653, as of the prevalence day, November 1, 1987). Study neurologists then investigated those subjects suspected to have had a cervical spondylotic radiculopathy. Diagnoses were based on specified criteria. Results - We found 27 subjects affected by CSR (17 definite, 10 possible). Prevalence (cases per 1000 population) was 3.5 in the total population; it increased to a peak at age 50-59 years and decreased thereafter. The age-specific prevalence was consistently higher in women. Conclusions Comparison with other prevalence studies shows similar age-specific patterns, but different magnitudes, which may partly reflect methodologic differences across studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-188
Number of pages5
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Publication statusPublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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