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Epilepsy Behav. 2016 Jun;59:62-3. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2016.03.017. Epub 2016 Apr 15.

Effect of lunar phase on frequency of psychogenic nonepileptic events in the EMU.

Author information

1
Department of Neurology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, United States. Electronic address: bolen@musc.edu.
2
Department of Neurology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, United States.
3
College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, United States.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Studies of the effect of a full moon on seizures have yielded mixed results, despite a continuing prevailing belief regarding the association of lunar phase with human behavior. The potential effect of a full moon on psychogenic nonepileptic events has not been as well studied, despite what anecdotal accounts from most epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) staff would suggest.

METHODS:

We obtained the dates and times of all events from patients diagnosed with psychogenic nonepileptic events discharged from our EMU over a two-year period. The events were then plotted on a 29.5-day lunar calendar. Events were also broken down into lunar quarters for statistical analysis.

RESULTS:

We found a statistically significant increase in psychogenic nonepileptic events during the new moon quarter in our EMU during our studied timeframe.

CONCLUSION:

Our results are not concordant with the results of a similarly designed past study, raising the possibility that psychogenic nonepileptic events are not influenced by lunar phase.

KEYWORDS:

Lunar phase; Psychogenic nonepileptic events

PMID:
27088520
DOI:
10.1016/j.yebeh.2016.03.017
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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