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BackgroundWhile morbidity attributable to podoconiosis is relatively well studied, its pattern of mortality has not been established.MethodsWe compared the age-standardised mortality ratios (SMRs) of two datasets from northern Ethiopia: podoconiosis patients enrolled in a 1-y trial and a Health and Demographic Surveillance System cohort.ResultsThe annual crude mortality rate per 1000 population for podoconiosis patients was 28.7 (95% confidence interval [CI] 17.3 to 44.8; n=663) while that of the general population was 2.8 (95% CI 2.3 to 3.4; n=44 095). The overall SMR for the study period was 6.0 (95% CI 3.6 to 9.4).ConclusionsPodoconiosis patients experience elevated mortality compared with the general population and further research is required to understand the reasons.

Original publication




Journal article


Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Publication Date





1035 - 1037


Centre for Global Health Research, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9PX, UK.


Humans, Elephantiasis, Ethiopia