Misdiagnosis of Narcolepsy


About misdiagnosis: When checking for a misdiagnosis of Narcolepsy or confirming a diagnosis of Narcolepsy, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Narcolepsy may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Narcolepsy. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

Alternative diagnoses list for Narcolepsy: For a diagnosis of Narcolepsy, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Narcolepsy:

Narcolepsy as an alternative diagnosis: The other diseases for which Narcolepsy is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Narcolepsy: Although narcolepsy is not a rare disorder, it is often misdiagnosed or diagnosed only years after symptoms first appear. Early diagnosis and treatment, however, are important to the physical and mental well-being of the affected individual. 1

Narcolepsy is often mistaken for depression, epilepsy, or the side effects of medications. 2

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Narcolepsy: The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of Narcolepsy:

Misdiagnosis cases for Narcolepsy: No cases available yet.

1. excerpt from NINDS Narcolepsy Information Page: NINDS
2. excerpt from Narcolepsy: NWHIC

Last revision: June 4, 2003

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