Table 2.

The frequency of medically unexplained symptom presenting complaint categories in frequent emergency department attenders between two 122-day time periods in 2019 (control) and 2020 (COVID-19)

MUS diagnosisControlCOVID-19p-value
Non-cardiac chest pain, n (%)72 (48.3%)117 (43.8%)0.41
Abdominal pain, n (%)35 (23.5%)56 (21.0%)0.62
Neurological, n (%)13 (8.7%)33 (12.4%)0.33
Non-epileptiform seizure, n (%)12 (8.1%)16 (6.0%)0.42
Musculoskeletal, n (%)3 (2.0%)15 (5.6%)0.13
Shortness of breath, n (%)011 (4.1%)<0.01
Other, n1419
Total, n149267
  • MUS = medically unexplained symptoms