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Volume 8, Number 6—June 2002

Research

Neurocysticercosis in Radiographically Imaged Seizure Patients in U.S. Emergency Departments1

Samuel Ong*Comments to Author , David A. Talan*, Gregory J. Moran*, William Mower*, Michael Newdow*, Victor C.W. Tsang†, Robert W. Pinner†, and the EMERGEncy ID NET Study Group2
Author affiliations: *Olive View-University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center, Sylmar, California, USA; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA;

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Table 1

Demographic and clinical characteristics of 1,833 neuroimaged emergency department seizure patientsa

Characteristics Patients (%)
Sex (male) 1,220 (67)
Race/ethnicity
Black 753 (41)
White, non-Hispanic 643 (35)
Hispanic 320 (17)
Native American 43 (2.3)
Asian/Pacific Islander 33 (1.8)
Other or unknown 41 (2.2)
Insurance
Medicare/private 462 (25.2)
Medicaid 391 (21.3)
Uninsured 762 (41.6)
Immigrant statusb
Born in USA 820 (61)
Not born in USA 178 (13)
Unknown 350 (26)
Exposure to disease-endemic region
No travel outside USA 950 (51.8)
Exposure to disease-endemic region 342 (18.7)
Unknown travel history 541 (29.5)
Seizure type
Generalized tonic/clonic 1,577 (86)
Focal motor 114 (6.2)
Partial complex 86 (4.7)
Unknown or undocumented 56 (3.1)
Seizure history
Prior seizure history 810 (44)
No prior seizure history 896 (49)
Unknown seizure history 127 (7)

     aThe median age (interquartile range) in yrs for these patients was 40 (range 30–51 yrs).
b1,348 patients; immigrant status data was not collected on the first 485 patients.

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1 Presented at the 1997 annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Washington, DC, May, 1997.

2 The following investigators and centers collaborated in the EMERGEncy ID NET Study Group: Principal investigator, D. Talan; Coinvestigator, G. Moran; Director of Informatics and Biostatistics, W. Mower; Project Coordinator, M. Newdow; Assistant Director of Informatics, S. Ong; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collaborators, R. Pinner, V.C.W. Tsang, and L. Conn; Executive Committee, D. Talan, G. Moran, C. Pollack, J. Jui, L. Slutsker, R. Pinner; Site Investigators, P. Cheney (University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM), W. Chiang (Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY); L. Dunbar (Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans, LA), K. Heilpern (Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA), J. Jui (Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR), D. Karras (Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA), G. Moran (Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Sylmar, CA), C. Pollack (Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ), J. O’Brien (Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL), J. Runge (Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC), and M. Steele (University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO).

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