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Gaceta Médica Boliviana

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CAMARGO VILLARREAL, Walter Mario et al. Outpatient neurological assistance demand in a private consultation center of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia . Gac Med Bol [online]. 2019, vol.42, n.2, pp. 134-138. ISSN 1012-2966.

Objectives:  to analyze the demographic and diagnostic variables that condition the ambulatory care demand of the private neurological consultation for the first time. Methods:  observational, descriptive, retrospective study of the demand for first-time outpatient consultations in a private neurological center, for 24 months (January-2016 to December-2017). The medical information was obtained from computerized clinical records by registering: age, gender and diagnosis according to the International Classification of Diseases, 10 edition (ICD-10). Results:  the total number of patients in the study was 2372, (60%) were women. The mean age was 42.6 years ± 18.8 years, (42.20%) are over 65 years. The most frequent diagnosis was primary headache (33.4%); followed by epilepsy (14%); cervicalgia, dorsalgia and low back pain (13.2%), psychiatric disorders (6.5%). In older than 65 years cognitive impairment was the most frequent diagnosis (14.68%), followed by abnormal movements. Conclusions:  neurological patients are predominantly under 65 years of age and female. The most frequent pathology was primary headache.

Palabras clave : headache; neurology; outpatient care.

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