Abstract Title:

Impact of the lunar cycle on the incidence of intracranial aneurysm rupture: myth or reality?

Abstract Source:

Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2008 May ;110(5):462-5. Epub 2008 Mar 18. PMID: 18353534

Abstract Author(s):

Youssef Ali, Ralph Rahme, Nayla Matar, Ibrahim Ibrahim, Lina Menassa-Moussa, Joseph Maarrawi, Tony Rizk, Georges Nohra, Nabil Okais, Elie Samaha, Ronald Moussa

Article Affiliation:

Department of Neurosurgery, Saint-Joseph University and Hôtel-Dieu de France, Ashrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon.


OBJECTIVE: To analyze the impact of the lunar cycle and season on the incidence of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH).

PATIENTS AND METHODS: The medical records of 111 patients who were admitted over a 5-year period to our department because of aneurysmal SAH were retrospectively reviewed. The date of aneurysm rupture was matched with the corresponding season and moon phase.

RESULTS: An incidence peak for aneurysm rupture (28 patients) was seen during the phase of new moon, which was statistically significant (p<0.001). In contrast, no seasonal variation in the incidence of SAH was observed.

CONCLUSION: The lunar cycle seems to affect the incidence of intracranial aneurysm rupture, with the new moon being associated with an increased risk of aneurysmal SAH.

Study Type : Human Study

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