This investigation is the first population-based study of survival in Friedreich’s disease (FD). All cases of FD diagnosed between 1945 through 1984 among residents of a defined area of northwestern Italy were ascertained (N = 58). These patients were followed to death or to December 31, 1984 (whichever came first) to determine the patterns of survival. The 10-, 20-, and 30-year survival rates were respectively 96%, 80%, and 61%, suggesting a better prognosis than previously reported. Survival of FD patients was poorer than expected from the general population. Survival for males was poorer than for females even after adjustment for expected survival. Age of onset was not a significant prognostic factor. Survival for patients diagnosed in 1960 or later was better than for those diagnosed before 1960; however, the difference was not statistically significant.
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- Clinical Neurology