The prevalence of 30 ICD-10 autoimmune diseases in Denmark

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  • Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine
  • National Centre for Register-based Research
Epidemiologic studies of autoimmune diseases have not considered them in the aggregate. The objective was to estimate the prevalence of 30 autoimmune diseases separately and in aggregate according to ICD-10 classification. The lifetime prevalence of the entire population of 5,506,574 persons alive in Denmark on October 31, 2006, was estimated by linking records of all visitors to hospitals and specialty clinics via National Patient Registers from January 1, 1977 through October 31, 2006. The prevalences vary from 0.06/1,000 for Pemphigus to 8.94/1,000 for Type 1 diabetes. Nearly 4% of the population had one or more autoimmune disease. The general conclusion is that autoimmune diseases as an aggregate are common.
Original languageEnglish
JournalImmunologic Research
Pages (from-to)228-231
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

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