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Table 1 Demographic data

From: The MRZ reaction helps to distinguish rheumatologic disorders with central nervous involvement from multiple sclerosis

Study group RDwCNS (n = 23) MS (n = 46) OIND (n = 48) Comparison statistics
Sex, Females in % 78.3 78.3 41.7 RDwCNS vs. MS: n.s.
Both groups vs. OIND: p < 0.01.
Mean age in years at the time of LP (range; SD) 44.8
(21–75; 16.8)
43.9
(20–74; 15.6)
51.8
(4–84; 18.4)
All comparisons: n.s.
Disease duration at the time of LP in months (range; SD) 77.0
(0–516; 112.6)
60.5
(0–468; 91.1)
11.6
(0–120; 24.7)
RDwCNS vs. MS: n.s.
Both groups vs. OIND: p < 0.005
  1. RDwCNS Rheumatologic disorders with CNS involvement, MS Multiple sclerosis, OIND Other inflammatory autoimmune neurological diseases [17], LP Lumbar puncture, SD Standard deviation, n.s Not significant