Nationwide survey of patients in Japan with Bickerstaff brainstem encephalitis: epidemiological and clinical characteristics.

@article{Koga2012NationwideSO,
  title={Nationwide survey of patients in Japan with Bickerstaff brainstem encephalitis: epidemiological and clinical characteristics.},
  author={Michiaki Koga and Susumu Kusunoki and Kenichi Kaida and Ritei Uehara and Yosikazu Nakamura and Tatsuo Kohriyama and Takashi Kanda},
  journal={Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry},
  year={2012},
  volume={83 12},
  pages={1210-5}
}
BACKGROUND Information regarding the epidemiological background of Bickerstaff brainstem encephalitis (BBE) is limited. METHODS We conducted a nationwide survey of BBE in the Japanese population in two steps: the first aimed to identify patients with brainstem encephalitis for the specified 3 year period and the second to evaluate whether the clinical picture met our diagnostic criteria for BBE. RESULTS The number of patients with brainstem encephalitis was estimated as 704 (95% CI 478 to… CONTINUE READING

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