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Felipe Barros, Ana Carolina Rodrigues Aguilar, Sergio Tufik, Fernando Morgadinho Coelho
Narcolepsy type 1 is a sleep disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), sleep fragmentation, hypnagogic hallucinations, sleep paralysis, and cataplexy. Stimulant medications such as modafinil and amphetamines are the first-line medications for treating sleepiness. However, the management of narcolepsy during special circumstances of life such as pregnancy is complex. MMDM is a 34-year-old female with Narcolepsy type 1 treated with modafinil (400mg/d) and citalopram (20mg/d). Before she become pregnant, modafinil and citalopram were replaced for L-Carnitine 510mg/d with good outcome...
July 2018: Sleep Science
Alberto Raggi, Giuseppe Plazzi, Raffaele Ferri
Narcolepsy is a chronic disorder characterized by symptoms of excessive daytime sleepiness, irresistible sleep attacks that may be accompanied by cataplexy brought on by emotions, sleep paralysis, and hypnagogic hallucinations. This is a review of 32 empirical articles on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) published in peer-reviewed journals over the past 37 years. Deleterious implications on education, recreation, driving, sexual life, and personality are associated with the disease with a consequent negative psychosocial impact...
February 2019: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Ambra Stefani, Birgit Högl
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Sleep-related movement disorders (SRMD) include several different motor activities during sleep. Few of them are well known and well classified, whereas others are minor motor disorders of sleep which are neither thoroughly characterized and classified nor have been extensively investigated to clarify their pathogenesis and clinical relevance. This review will focus on those minor sleep-related movement disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: Before diagnosing periodic limb movement (PLM) disorder in patients with PLM during polysomnography, other disorders associated with PLM need to be excluded, namely restless legs syndrome (RLS), narcolepsy, REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), and sleep-related breathing disorder...
January 19, 2019: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Taku Miyagawa, Katsushi Tokunaga
Narcolepsy is a term that was initially coined by Gélineáu in 1880 and is a chronic neurological sleep disorder that manifests as a difficulty in maintaining wakefulness and sleep for long periods. Currently, narcolepsy is subdivided into two types according to the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, 3rd edition: narcolepsy type 1 (NT1) and narcolepsy type 2 (NT2). NT1 is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucinations, and sleep paralysis and is caused by a marked reduction in neurons in the hypothalamus that produce orexin (hypocretin), which is a wakefulness-associated neuropeptide...
2019: Human Genome Variation
C Schiappa, S Scarpelli, A D'Atri, M Gorgoni, Luigi De Gennaro
Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucinations, and sleep paralysis. This disease affects significantly the overall patient functioning, interfering with social, work, and affective life. Some symptoms of narcolepsy depend on emotional stimuli; for instance, cataplectic attacks can be triggered by emotional inputs such as laughing, joking, a pleasant surprise, and also anger. Neurophysiological and neurochemical findings suggest the involvement of emotional brain circuits in the physiopathology of cataplexy, which seems to depending on the dysfunctional interplay between the hypothalamus and the amygdala associated with an alteration of hypocretin levels...
December 26, 2018: Behavioral and Brain Functions: BBF
Melanie Bergmann, Ambra Stefani, Elisabeth Brandauer, Evi Holzknecht, Heinz Hackner, Birgit Högl
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November 12, 2018: Sleep Medicine
Ana Clara Maia Palhano, Lenise Jihe Kim, Gustavo A Moreira, Fernando Morgadinho Santos Coelho, Sergio Tufik, Monica Levy Andersen
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, sleep paralysis and hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations. The onset of the symptoms usually occurs in childhood, and previous studies have reported an association between narcolepsy and other endocrine diseases in the pediatric population, such as obesity and precocious puberty. The incidence of overweight or obesity ranges from 25% to 74% in patients with narcolepsy type I, while precocious puberty is present in 17% of children with narcolepsy with cataplexy...
December 2018: Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews: PER
Maurice M Ohayon, Jed Black, Andrew D Krystal, Colin M Shapiro, Todd J Swick, Richard Bogan, Charles C Wells
OBJECTIVE: To assess the evolution of narcolepsy symptoms in first-, second, and third-degree relatives and to compare multiplex and simplex families. METHODS: A total of 4045 family members and 362 narcoleptic individuals were entered in the study; with 3255 family members interviewed twice, five to seven years apart. A control group (n = 178) composed of spouses or housemates was also interviewed twice. Family members were divided according to their blood relationship with the probands and further divided into multiplex (ie, more than one narcolepsy cases) and simplex (only one narcolepsy case) families...
July 6, 2018: Sleep Medicine
Andrea Romigi, Giuseppe Vitrani, Temistocle Lo Giudice, Diego Centonze, Valentina Franco
Narcolepsy is a rare sleep disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and rapid eye movement sleep dysregulation, manifesting as cataplexy and sleep paralysis, as well as hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations. Disease onset may occur at any age, although adolescents and young adults are mainly affected. Currently, the diagnosis delay ranges from 8 to 10 years and drug therapy may only attenuate symptoms. Pitolisant is a first-in-class new drug currently authorized by the European Medicines Agency to treat narcolepsy with or without cataplexy in adults and with an expanded evaluation for the treatment of neurologic diseases such as Parkinson's disease and epilepsy...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Anne H Mooij, Birgit Frauscher, Sophie A M Goemans, Geertjan J M Huiskamp, Kees P J Braun, Maeike Zijlmans
Study Objectives: A dialogue between hippocampal ripples (80-250 Hz) and neocortical sleep-specific transients is important for memory consolidation. Physiological neocortical ripples can be recognized in scalp EEGs of children. We investigated how often scalp-EEG recorded ripples co-occur with different types of sleep-specific transients, the distribution and spatial extent of ripples with and without co-occurring sleep-specific transients, and the occurrence of ripples across sleep stages...
November 1, 2018: Sleep
Stuart M Fogel, Laura B Ray, Valya Sergeeva, Joseph De Koninck, Adrian M Owen
Can dreams reveal insight into our cognitive abilities and aptitudes (i.e., "human intelligence")? The relationship between dream production and trait-like cognitive abilities is the foundation of several long-standing theories on the neurocognitive and cognitive-psychological basis of dreaming. However, direct experimental evidence is sparse and remains contentious. On the other hand, recent research has provided compelling evidence demonstrating a link between dream content and new learning, suggesting that dreams reflect memory processing during sleep...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Tomoe Yanagishita, Susumu Ito, Yui Ohtani, Kaoru Eto, Takashi Kanbayashi, Hirokazu Oguni, Satoru Nagata
Narcolepsy is characterized by excessive sleepiness, hypnagogic hallucinations, and sleep paralysis, and can occur with or without cataplexy. Here, we report two children with narcolepsy presenting with cataplexy mimicking epileptic seizures as determined by long-term video-electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG) monitoring. Case 1 was a 15-year-old girl presenting with recurrent episodes of "convulsions" and loss of consciousness, who was referred to our hospital with a diagnosis of epilepsy showing "convulsions" and "complex partial seizures"...
June 6, 2018: Brain & Development
Mahesh K Kaushik, Kosuke Aritake, Aya Imanishi, Takashi Kanbayashi, Tadashi Ichikawa, Tetsuo Shimizu, Yoshihiro Urade, Masashi Yanagisawa
Narcolepsy-cataplexy is a chronic neurological disorder caused by loss of orexin (hypocretin)-producing neurons, associated with excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep attacks, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations, and fragmentation of nighttime sleep. Currently, human narcolepsy is treated by providing symptomatic therapies, which can be associated with an array of side effects. Although peripherally administered orexin does not efficiently penetrate the blood-brain barrier, centrally delivered orexin can effectively alleviate narcoleptic symptoms in animal models...
June 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Anoop K Gupta, Swapnajeet Sahoo, Sandeep Grover
<b/> Narcolepsy is an uncommon sleep cycle disorder with a usual onset in adolescence, but it is often misdiagnosed and underdiagnosed. Rarely is the tetrad of excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucinations, and sleep paralysis seen in patients. The clinical characteristics of narcolepsy are often confused with many psychiatric and neurologic disorders. Lack of clinical awareness about narcolepsy leads to frequent prescriptions of antiepileptics and psychotropics, which can adversely affect the quality of life of children and adolescents...
July 2017: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
Alexis Roman, Soraya Meftah, Sébastien Arthaud, Pierre-Hervé Luppi, Christelle Peyron
Narcolepsy type 1 is a disabling disorder with four primary symptoms: excessive-daytime-sleepiness, cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucinations, and sleep paralysis. The later three symptoms together with a short rapid eye movement (REM) sleep latency have suggested impairment in REM sleep homeostatic regulation with an enhanced propensity for (i.e. tendency to enter) REM sleep. To test this hypothesis, we challenged REM sleep homeostatic regulation in a recognized model of narcolepsy, the orexin knock-out (Orex-KO) mice and their wild-type (WT) littermates...
June 1, 2018: Sleep
Monica Moresco, Fabio Pizza, Elena Antelmi, Giuseppe Plazzi
Narcolepsy type 1 (NT1) is a rare chronic neurologic disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, hallucinations and disrupted nocturnal sleep, usually with onset during childhood/adolescence. Pediatric NT1 is associated with limitations on children's activities and achievements, especially poor performance at school, difficulty with peers due to disease symptoms and comorbidities including depression, obesity, and precocious puberty. NT1 disease is caused by the selective loss of hypocretin-producing neurons in the lateral hypothalamus, most probably related to an autoimmune pathophysiology...
March 5, 2018: Current Drug Metabolism
Thomas Rossor, Ming Lim, Kirandeep VanDenEshof, Paul Gringras
Type 1 narcolepsy (NT1) is a chronic primary disorder of hypersomnolence characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations and disrupted nocturnal sleep. NT1 is linked to hypothalamic hypocretin deficiency, strongly associated with Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) marker DQB1*06:02 and of probable autoimmune origin. NT1 is usually associated with increased rates of overweight and obesity, and sometimes with increases in overnight blood pressure and increased rates of hypoventilation with raised CO2 levels overnight...
January 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Demeke Geremew, Ania Rahimi-Golkhandan, Khosro Sadeghniiat-Haghighi, Yadollah Shakiba, Ahmad Khajeh-Mehrizi, Bita Ansaripour, Maryam Izad
Narcolepsy is a rare, disabling disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucinations and sleep paralysis. Several studies demonstrated its association with HLA-DQB1*0602 in various ethnic groups. Our study aimed to determine the prevalence of HLA-DQB1*0602 allele in Iranian patients with narcolepsy and assess its predictive parameters for diagnosing narcolepsy. In addition, car accidents and job problems were assessed among narcoleptic patients. We studied 44 narcoleptic patients, 30 patients with other types of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)  and 50 healthy age and sex matched individuals in this case-control study...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Jian-Bo Lai, Mao-Mao Han, Yi Xu, Shao-Hua Hu
RATIONALE: Narcolepsy is a rare sleep disorder with disrupted sleep-architecture. Clinical management of narcolepsy lies dominantly on symptom-driven pharmacotherapy. The treatment role of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for narcolepsy remains unexplored. PATIENT CONCERNS: In this paper, we present a case of a 14-year-old young girl with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), cataplexy and hypnagogic hallucinations. DIAGNOSES: After excluding other possible medical conditions, this patient was primarily diagnosed with narcolepsy...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Line Pickering, Marianne Klose, Ulla Feldt-Rasmussen, Poul Jennum
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether damage to the hypothalamus due to craniopharyngioma or consequent surgery may involve the sleep-wake regulatory system, resulting in sleep disturbances and sleepiness. METHODS: Seven craniopharyngioma patients and 10 healthy controls were evaluated with sleep questionnaires including the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, polysomnography, and a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT). Five patients and eight controls had lumbar puncture performed to determine hypocretin-1 levels...
December 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
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