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Moon phases and moon signs do not influence morbidity, mortality and long-term survival, after living donor kidney transplantation.

Abstract Approximately 11% of the German population are convinced that certain moon phases and moon signs may impact their health and the onset and clinical course of diseases. Before elective surgery, a considerable number of patients look to optimize the timing of the procedure based on the lunar cycle. Especially patients awaiting living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) commonly look for an adjustment of the date of transplantation according to the moon calendar. This study therefore investigated the perioperative and long-term outcome of LDKT dependent on moon phases and zodiac signs.
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Keywords

Living donor kidney transplantation

Moon phases

Moon sign

Perioperative morbidity

Survival

Journal Title bmc complementary and alternative medicine
Publication Year Start




PMID- 28870250
OWN - NLM
STAT- MEDLINE
DA  - 20170905
DCOM- 20170908
LR  - 20170908
IS  - 1472-6882 (Electronic)
IS  - 1472-6882 (Linking)
VI  - 17
IP  - 1
DP  - 2017 Sep 04
TI  - Moon phases and moon signs do not influence morbidity, mortality and long-term
      survival, after living donor kidney transplantation.
PG  - 440
LID - 10.1186/s12906-017-1944-4 [doi]
AB  - BACKGROUND: Approximately 11% of the German population are convinced that certain
      moon phases and moon signs may impact their health and the onset and clinical
      course of diseases. Before elective surgery, a considerable number of patients
      look to optimize the timing of the procedure based on the lunar cycle. Especially
      patients awaiting living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) commonly look for an
      adjustment of the date of transplantation according to the moon calendar. This
      study therefore investigated the perioperative and long-term outcome of LDKT
      dependent on moon phases and zodiac signs. METHODS: Patient data were
      prospectively collected in a continuously updated kidney transplant database. Two
      hundred and seventy-eight consecutive patients who underwent LDKT between 1994
      and December 2009 were selected for the study and retrospectively assigned to the
      four moon phases (new-moon, waxing-moon, full-moon, and waning-moon) and the
      corresponding zodiac sign (moon sign Libra), based on the date of
      transplantation. Preexisting comorbidities, perioperative mortality, surgical
      outcome, and long-term survival data were analyzed. RESULTS: Of all LDKT
      procedures, 11.9, 39.9, 11.5, and 36.5% were performed during the new, waxing,
      full, and waning moon, respectively, and 6.2% during the moon sign Libra, which
      is believed to interfere with renal surgery. Survival rates at 1, 5, and 10 years
      after transplantation were 98.9, 92, and 88.7% (patient survival) and 97.4, 91.6,
      and 80.6% (graft survival) without any differences between all groups of lunar
      phases and moon signs. Overall perioperative complications and early graft loss
      occurred in 21.2 and 1.4%, without statistical difference (p > 0.05) between
      groups. CONCLUSION: Moon phases and the moon sign Libra had no impact on early
      and long-term outcome measures following LDKT in our study. Thus, concerns of
      patients awaiting LDKT regarding the ideal time of surgery can be allayed, and
      surgery may be scheduled independently of the lunar phases.
FAU - Kleespies, A
AU  - Kleespies A
AD  - Department of General-, Visceral-, Vascular- and Transplant Surgery, University
      of Munich, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377, Munich, Germany.
      [email protected]
FAU - Mikhailov, M
AU  - Mikhailov M
AD  - Department of General-, Visceral-, Vascular- and Transplant Surgery, University
      of Munich, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377, Munich, Germany.
FAU - Khalil, P N
AU  - Khalil PN
AD  - Department of General-, Visceral-, Vascular- and Transplant Surgery, University
      of Munich, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377, Munich, Germany.
FAU - Pratschke, S
AU  - Pratschke S
AD  - Department of General-, Visceral-, Vascular- and Transplant Surgery, University
      of Munich, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377, Munich, Germany.
FAU - Khandoga, A
AU  - Khandoga A
AD  - Department of General-, Visceral-, Vascular- and Transplant Surgery, University
      of Munich, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377, Munich, Germany.
FAU - Stangl, M
AU  - Stangl M
AD  - Department of General-, Visceral-, Vascular- and Transplant Surgery, University
      of Munich, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377, Munich, Germany.
FAU - Illner, W D
AU  - Illner WD
AD  - Department of General-, Visceral-, Vascular- and Transplant Surgery, University
      of Munich, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377, Munich, Germany.
FAU - Angele, M K
AU  - Angele MK
AD  - Department of General-, Visceral-, Vascular- and Transplant Surgery, University
      of Munich, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377, Munich, Germany.
FAU - Jauch, K W
AU  - Jauch KW
AD  - Department of General-, Visceral-, Vascular- and Transplant Surgery, University
      of Munich, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377, Munich, Germany.
FAU - Guba, M
AU  - Guba M
AD  - Department of General-, Visceral-, Vascular- and Transplant Surgery, University
      of Munich, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377, Munich, Germany.
FAU - Werner, J
AU  - Werner J
AD  - Department of General-, Visceral-, Vascular- and Transplant Surgery, University
      of Munich, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377, Munich, Germany.
FAU - Rentsch, M
AU  - Rentsch M
AD  - Department of General-, Visceral-, Vascular- and Transplant Surgery, University
      of Munich, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377, Munich, Germany.
LA  - eng
PT  - Journal Article
DEP - 20170904
PL  - England
TA  - BMC Complement Altern Med
JT  - BMC complementary and alternative medicine
JID - 101088661
SB  - IM
MH  - Adolescent
MH  - Adult
MH  - Aged
MH  - Child
MH  - Female
MH  - Humans
MH  - Kidney Diseases/*psychology/*surgery
MH  - Kidney Transplantation/*psychology
MH  - Living Donors/*psychology
MH  - Male
MH  - Middle Aged
MH  - Moon
MH  - Prospective Studies
MH  - Retrospective Studies
MH  - Time Factors
MH  - Young Adult
PMC - PMC5584333
OTO - NOTNLM
OT  - Living donor kidney transplantation
OT  - Moon phases
OT  - Moon sign
OT  - Perioperative morbidity
OT  - Survival
EDAT- 2017/09/06 06:00
MHDA- 2017/09/09 06:00
CRDT- 2017/09/06 06:00
PHST- 2017/08/15 [received]
PHST- 2017/08/21 [accepted]
AID - 10.1186/s12906-017-1944-4 [doi]
AID - 10.1186/s12906-017-1944-4 [pii]
PST - epublish
SO  - BMC Complement Altern Med. 2017 Sep 4;17(1):440. doi: 10.1186/s12906-017-1944-4.