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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 7 (1994), Issue 3-4, Pages 181-184

Suicide in Patients with Motor Neuron Disease

S. Bak,1 E. N. Stenager,2 E. Stenager,1 J. Boldsen,3 and T. A. Smith4

1Department of Neurology, Odense University Hospital, DK-5000 Odense C, Denmark
2Clinical Institute, Department of Psychiatry, Odense University Hospital, Denmark
3Institute of Community Health, Department of Social Medicine, Odense University, Denmark
4Department of Neurophysiology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark

Received 1 January 1994; Accepted 21 July 1994

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The aim of the present study was to assess, through an epidemiological study, whether suicide risk is increased in patients with motor neuron disease (MND). The study involved 116 patients with MND. In the study period 92 patients died, 47 males and 45 females. No patients committed suicide. The number of expected suicides was 0.27 for males and 0.12 for females, a total of 0.38. The difference between observed and expected suicides was not statistically significant for males and females.