Clinical Neuroscience

[Trial to verify the link between onset of epileptic seizures and complex meteorological changes, pilot study]

BÁRTFAY Réka1, BÁRTFAI Erzsébet2, CSIBRI Éva3, RAJNA Péter3

NOVEMBER 20, 1994

Clinical Neuroscience - 1994;47(11-12)

[In this pilot study parameters are found that suggest a possible link between the onset of epileptic seizures and meteorological changes. The meteorological conditions were divided into 7 different levels in terms of their sympathetic/ parasympathetic effect and were related to the onset of 816 epileptic seizures of 15 patients. The possible epileptogenic effect of rapid (within 12 hours) meteorological changes was also evaluated and 48-hour periods before and after a given seizure were also considered. A trend was found in the distribution: within two days preceding seizures parasympathetic effects tended to be predominant, within those following seizures sympathetic effects tended to dominate. Surprisingly, rapid meteorological changes did not play significant role. More essential data were obtain in individual evaluations. In just every 4th patient the sympathetic or the parasympathetic effect was predominant before the seizure onset and in just every 3rd person rapid meteorological changes culminated in the pre- or in the post-seizure 48-hour interval. The most frequently occuring meteorological effect on the day of seizures was sympathetic. It is thought that these parameters might be appropriate to demonstrate the possible link. Even so, preference is given to individual evaluation which might have an additional therapeutic significance, too.]

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  1. Orvostanhallgató
  2. Országos Meteorológiai Szolgálat, Központi Előrejelző Intézet, Budapest
  3. Semmelweis OTE Pszichiátriai és Pszichoterápiás Klinika, Budapest

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