Amongst children with multiple sclerosis (MS) there is a higher prevalence of the condition in girls, according to research from doctors at the Shanghai Xin Hua Hospital.
The doctors used information gathered from the United States from the Kid’s Inpatient Database in 2016. They looked at 5,765,224 hospital admissions for children under 18 and identified 869 cases of MS. Of these, 29.8% were boys and 70.2% were girls.
The mean average age of admission was 15.08 years, and from the age of 13 there was a gradual rise in diagnosis, with a decline at age 17.
The research letter from the scientists was published in the February issue of Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.