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Table A Basic Background Data

From: Morgellons disease, illuminating an undefined illness: a case series

Demographics Countries of origin: U.S., U.K., Canada, Japan
Male: Female ratio approximates 50:50†
Age range: 10-75 years†
24/25 were Caucasian1
Urban: Rural ratio = 50:50†2
Past medical history 11 out of 25 were diagnosed with bipolar disease‡
7 out of 25 were diagnosed with adult ADD‡
1 out of 25 was diagnosed with schizophrenia‡
Common childhood illnesses were absent regardless of vaccination status†
19 out of 25 had been given general anesthesia at least once*
9 out of 25 had prior orthopedic surgery*
6 out of 25 had other prior surgery for chronic inflammatory diseases (appendix, gallbladder)*
Illness History Time from initiation to full onset: several months†
Exposure to unhygienic conditions occurred several days to several weeks prior to illness onset†
Patients claimed relative healthiness prior to Morgellons (as initially described) onset; No consistent recognized prodrome heralded onset of the illness†
Allergy symptoms were rare†
Activating stressor event was present in 1 out of 3 of cases.
Social History 50% were married/ 50% single*
28% were smokers*
None routinely exercised*
  1. † Highest relevancy results.
  2. ‡ Findings that may help to isolate, identify, and define Morgellons disease.
  3. * Other data.
  4. 1This sample was not adequate to determine whether race is a factor. The high percentage of Caucasian patients was likely related to clinic location. Earlier and subsequent data of larger numbers from more heterogeneous regions suggest that race is likely not a risk factor.
  5. 2 The urban to rural ratio may be significant. Although only 20% of people live in rural areas, 50% of the patient samples were in rural regions near the onset of their illness, lending support to the hypothesis that exposure to unhygienic conditions or animals may be a risk factor.