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Influence du cycle lunaire sur les crises d'épilepsie

Abstract : Amongst the areas which have fascinated the most brilliant minds of all times, epilepsy has been just as captivating as the impact of the moon on living creatures. It is therefore logical that both areas of study should be found in the same published works with variable results as for the impact of the lunar cycle on epileptic seizures on the one hand, and of the different types of seizures, seasons and times on the other. Through a rétrospective study of 39 patients living in a home for persons with intellectual disability, we have reported 452 epilepsy seizures on the lunar calendar over 4 years, and we have studied the circadian and seasonal spreads. The results have highlighted a statistically significant peak in the incidence of seizures during full moon (p < 0.05), in the summer (p < 0.05), in the morning (p < 0.05) and in the afternoon (p < 0.01). There are numerous hypotheses that can explain these results but all point to a correlation between the rise of the incidence of seizures and the increase of light, which suggests a likely impact of melatonin as a trigger of epileptic seizures.
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Éloïse Lalanne-Azidrou. Influence du cycle lunaire sur les crises d'épilepsie. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2015. ⟨dumas-01248003⟩



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