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Vol. 3, No. 3, 1992
Issue release date: 1992
Section title: Original Research Article
Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 1992;3:146–149
(DOI:10.1159/000107010)

Prevalence of Dementia amongst Elderly Japanese with Leprosy: Apparent Effect of Chronic Drug Therapy

McGeer P.L.a · Harada N.b · Kimura H.c · McGeer E.G.a · Schulzer M.d
a Kinsmen Laboratory of Neurological Research, University of B.C., Vancouver, Canada; b National Leprosarium Oku Komyo-en, Okayama-ken, Japan; c Institute of Molecular Neurobiology, Shiga University of Medical Sciences, Japan; d Departments of Medicine and Statistics, University of B.C., Vancouver, Canada

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Abstract of Original Research Article

Published online: June 05, 1992
Issue release date: 1992

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1420-8008 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9824 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DEM

Abstract

The overall prevalence of dementia in 1,410 Japanese leprosy patients 65 years or over continuously treated with dapsone or closely related drugs was 2.9%. This compares with 4.83% of 621 cases treated intermittently and 6.25 % of 1,761 cases untreated for at least 5 years. Multiple logistic regression analysis showed a highly significant increase of dementia with age (p = 0.0001) and, after age adjustment, a significant reduction of dementia in drug-treated compared with drug-free patients (p = 0.017). Such treatment had no significant effect on the prevalence of strokes. These data suggest that dapsone and closely related drugs may have potential use as antidementia agents.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Research Article

Published online: June 05, 1992
Issue release date: 1992

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1420-8008 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9824 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DEM


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