The effect of Ramadan fast on the incidence of renal colic emergency department visits Academic Article uri icon


  • Background: Renal colic (RC) is one of the most common reasons for emergency department (ED) visits. Although RC is associated with high ambient temperature and with physiological changes that occur during fast, the literature on between Ramadan and RC incidence is scarce. Aim: To investigate the association of ED visits with RC during Ramadan fast. Methods: We obtained health data of patients visited the ED of a large tertiary centre during the years 2004–15, with a primary diagnosis of RC. To estimate the association of RC and Ramadan, we utilized bi-weekly RC incidence Poisson models adjusted for ambient temperature and seasonality in two ethnic groups residing in the region: Muslims and Jews. Results: We identified 10 435 unique patients with 18 163 ED visits with primary diagnosis of RC. Although Muslims represent 18.5% of the population …

publication date

  • January 1, 2017