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Weather conditions and Bell's palsy: five-year study and review of the literature

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1471-2377-1-7.fm ral BioMed CentBMC Neurology BMC Neurology 2001, 1 :7Research article Weather conditions and Bell's palsy: five-year study and review of the literature Vasilis Danielides*1, George Patrikakos1, Christina-Sophia Nousia1, Aristides Bartzokas2, Haralampos J Milionis3, Christos Lolis4 and Antonios Skevas5 Address: 1Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece, 2Laboratory of Meteorology, Department of Physics, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece, 3Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece, 4Laboratory of Meteorology, Department of Physics, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece and 5Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece E-mail: Vasilis Danielides* - [email protected]; George Patrikakos - [email protected]; Christina- Sophia Nousia - [email protected]; Aristides Bartzokas - [email protected]; Haralampos J Milionis - [email protected]; Christos Lolis - [email protected]; Antonios Skevas - [email protected] *Corresponding author Abstract Background: Climatic or meteorological condition changes have been implicated in the pathogenesis of Bell's palsy (BP). We evaluate the influence of meteorological parameters, such as temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure, and their variation and covariation on the incidence of BP and present a review of the literature on the effect of meteorological conditions on facial nerve function. Methods: A total of 171 cases of BP admitted to our Department over a five-year period were studied. The meteorological database included daily values of 13 distinct parameters recorded at the meteorological station of the University of Ioannina during this period. A relationship between each meteorological variable and the incidence of BP was investigated by applying (Χ2) test on data from 13 contingency tables. In addition, the influence of different weather types on the incidence of BP was also investigated

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