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Narcolepsy-Cataplexy Causes

The cause of Narcolepsy is not yet determined but experts have discovered certain factors and conditions including genetic factors; that put an individual at a greater risk of developing the disorder.

Narcolepsy-Cataplexy Definition

Narcolepsy-Cataplexy is a sleep disorder. Affected individuals are extremely drowsy even during the daytime; they may also fall asleep regardless of the time. After taking a short nap, persons with narcolepsy will feel and look rejuvenated and revived but after a short while will feel drowsy again.

Narcolepsy-Cataplexy Diagnosis

Tests commonly used to help in the diagnosis of Narcolepsy-cataplexy are the multiple sleep latency test and polysomnogram. It is easier to diagnose this disorder if all symptoms and manifestations are present.

Narcolepsy-Cataplexy Symptoms and Signs

A narcoleptic patient will exhibit the following manifestations: * Present Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS) even after having enough sleep during the night * Becoming drowsy regardless of the time of the day * Sleep during the night may tend to become disturbed with numerous awakenings * Cataplexy a disorder characterized by muscular weakness

Narcolepsy-Cataplexy Treatment

Treatment of Narcolepsy-cataplexy is specifically designed individually depending on the symptoms and therapeutic response of the patient. The most common medication to relieve drowsiness is amphetamine-like stimulants to encourage energy and alertness.

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