Does the lunar phase have an effect on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy?

Does the lunar phase have an effect on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy?

Author Terra-Bustamante, Vera C. Google Scholar
Scorza, Carla A. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Albuquerque, Marly de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Sakamoto, Americo C. Google Scholar
Machado, Helio R. Google Scholar
Arida, Ricardo M. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Cavalheiro, Esper A. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Scorza, Fulvio A. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Abstract The incidence of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) in Our epilepsy unit over an 8-year period was analyzed to determine a possible association between phase of the moon and SUDEP. Analysis revealed that the number of SUDEPs was highest in full moon (70%), followed by waxing moon (20%) and new moon (10%). No SUDEPs Occurred during the waning cycle. These preliminary findings suggest that the full moon appears to correlate with SUDEP. (C) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords Epilepsy
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy
Circadian rhythms
Language English
Sponsor Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Date 2009-02-01
Published in Epilepsy & Behavior. San Diego: Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science, v. 14, n. 2, p. 404-406, 2009.
ISSN 1525-5050 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Extent 404-406
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000263761600021

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