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Revista Ecuatoriana de Neurología

On-line version ISSN 2631-2581Print version ISSN 1019-8113


MONTALVO HERDOIZA, Juan Paúl et al. Prevalence Of Parkinson’s Disease: Door-to-Door Study In Manabí-Ecuador. Rev Ecuat Neurol [online]. 2017, vol.26, n.1, pp.23-26. ISSN 2631-2581.

Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most frequent neurodegenerative disorders after dementias, with a worldwide prevalence of more than 1% in patients older than 65 years. In Ecuador, there are not direct statistical data on this disease. The aim of our research lies in establishing for the first time, the prevalence of Parkinson's disease in the province of Manabi. For that, a door-to-door study was designed in two phases. They were selected 116,983 people, over forty years old. During the first phase, they were evaluated by survey, according to the London Brain Bank criteria for diagnosis. In the second phase, patients who met the criteria were referred to a neurologist for a definitive diagnosis.

A total of 285 people (0.24%) were positive for Parkinson's disease, predominating those aged over 61 years (33.33%), and with a slightly higher prevalence among males (56.14%) than in women (43.86%).

Keywords : Parkinson’s disease; door-to-door study; prevalence; epidemiology; Ecuador..

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