Epidemiology | Rhinology & Paranasal Sinus Disease
Role of season, temperature and humidity on the incidence of epistaxis in Alberta, Canada
Joshua DeSerres, Leigh J Sowerby, Luke Rudmik, Erin Wright*
*Corresponding author: Erin Wright
Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
F1000Posters 2012, 3: 345 (poster) [English]
Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) 2012, 17 - 21 Apr 2012, 1-188
No study has previously examined whether a true seasonal variation exists in a place with severe weather extremes, such as those in Alberta.
A relationship exists with epistaxis presentation demonstrating an inverse relationship with temperature but not with humidity. There is also a seasonal variation, with a peak of cases seen in winter. The degree of difference, however, was not as much as expected, with a difference of less than one visit per day from winter to summer.
Data is going to be combined with data from Calgary to increase the power of the study to comment on rate of admissions.
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