Medical News Summary: Narcolepsy often undiagnosed for a long time


About: Narcolepsy often undiagnosed for a long time
Date: 30 January 2005
Source: Star Bulletin
Author: Helen Altonn
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Star Bulletin): Narcolepsy is a frequently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed chronic neurological disease. Some experts believe that it is more prevalent than multiple sclerosis. The major symptoms of narcolepsy are: excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations and temporary loss of muscle control or cataplexy caused by a strong emotion like anger or laughter. Patients may remain undiagnosed for decades. The condition is believed to be hereditary and medications can only reduce the number of sleep attacks but not stop them altogether. The condition persists throughout the patientís lifetime.
Related Disease Topics: Narcolepsy, Multiple sclerosis, Neurological disease
Related Symptom Topics: Excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations, temporary loss of muscle control, cataplexy

Related Medical News Channels: This medical news summary article refers to the following medical channel categories:
  • Inherited disorder
  • Diagnosis
  • Diagnosis and narcolepsy
  • Diagnosis and multiple sclerosis
  • Diagnosis and neurological disease
  • Diagnosis and excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Diagnosis and sleep paralysis
  • Diagnosis and hypnagogic hallucinations
  • Diagnosis and temporary loss of muscle control
  • Diagnosis and cataplexy
  • Misdiagnosed
  • misdiagnosed and narcolepsy
  • Misdiagnosed and neurological disease
  • Misdiagnosed and excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Misdiagnosed and sleep paralysis
  • Misdiagnosed and hypnagogic hallucinations
  • Misdiagnosed and temporary loss of muscle control
  • misdiagnosed and cataplexy
  • Undiagnosed
  • Undiagnosed and narcolepsy
  • Undiagnosed and neurological disease
  • Undiagnosed and excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Undiagnosed and sleep paralysis
  • Undiagnosed and hypnagogic hallucinations
  • Undiagnosed and temporary loss of muscle control
  • Undiagnosed and cataplexy
  • Underdiagnosed
  • Underdiagnosed and narcolepsy
  • Underdiagnosed and neurological disease
  • Underdiagnosed and excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Underdiagnosed and sleep paralysis
  • Underdiagnosed and hypnagogic hallucinations
  • Underdiagnosed and temporary loss of muscle control
  • Underdiagnosed and cataplexy

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