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Table 1 Demographics and baseline clinical characteristics of the study groups

From: Fractional anisotropy measurements of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex for therapeutic response assessment after repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis patients suffering from depression

  rTMS group (n = 15) SSRI group (n = 15) P value
Age, years (mean ± SD) 29.3 (3.7) 31.2 (4.7) 0.2
Gender, F/M 12/3 7/8 0.058
Disease duration in years (mean ± SD) 4.6 ± 2.2 3.6 ± 1.5 0.1
EDSS baseline scores (mean ± SD) 3.8 ± 1.4 3.2 ± 0.9 0.16
BDI baseline scores (mean ± SD) 17.6 ± 3.2 17.7 ± 3.2 0.96
PASAT baseline scores (mean ± SD) 23 ± 6.4 23.8 ± 6.4 0.74