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Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2009 May;111(4):352-3. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2008.11.009. Epub 2008 Dec 20.

Impact of the lunar cycle on the incidence of aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage: myth or reality?

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Department of Anaesthesia, General Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Management, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringerguertel 18-20, 1090 Vienna, Austria. daniel.lahner@meduniwien.ac.at

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the impact of the lunar cycle on the incidence of aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhages.

METHODS:

We retrospectively identified all patients admitted to the department of neurosurgery during 1992 and 2004 suffering from aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage. The onset of bleeding was compared with the lunar phase.

RESULTS:

We did not observe any significant impact of the lunar cycle on the incidence of aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage in 717 consecutive patients (p=0.84).

CONCLUSION:

The impact of the lunar cycle on aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage is a myth rather than reality.

PMID:
19101078
DOI:
10.1016/j.clineuro.2008.11.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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