Cataplexy

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Cataplexy

Cataplexy is a symptom shown only in people with narcolepsy. Cataplexy is a sudden loss of muscle tone while awake that makes you unable to move. Strong emotions, such as laughter or anger, can trigger this. Most attacks last for less than 30 seconds and can be missed. Your head will suddenly fall forward, your jaw will become slack, and your knees will buckle. In severe cases, a person may fall and stay paralyzed for as long as several minutes.

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Cataplexy" for support, advocacy or research.

Wake Up Narcolepsy, Inc.

Wake Up Narcolepsy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting narcolepsy awareness and research to find a cure. WUN carries out its mission by: Providing funding to accelerate a cure for narcolepsy; increasing awareness of narcolepsy; decreasing time-lapse from symptom onset to proper diagnosis; and providing supportive resources for people with narcolepsy and their families.

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2014

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Cataplexy" for support, advocacy or research.

Wake Up Narcolepsy, Inc.

Wake Up Narcolepsy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting narcolepsy awareness and research to find a cure. WUN carries out its mission by: Providing funding to accelerate a cure for narcolepsy; increasing awareness of narcolepsy; decreasing time-lapse from symptom onset to proper diagnosis; and providing supportive resources for people with narcolepsy and their families.

http://www.wakeupnarcolepsy.org/

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2014

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Cataplexy" returned 97 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Levothyroxine improves subjective sleepiness in a euthyroid patient with narcolepsy without cataplexy.
 

Author(s): Danielle L Sobol, Andrew R Spector

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We discuss the use of levothyroxine for excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and prolonged nocturnal sleep time in a euthyroid patient with narcolepsy.

Last Updated: 21 Nov 2014

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Challenges in diagnosing narcolepsy without cataplexy: a consensus statement.
 

Author(s): Christian R Baumann, Emmanuel Mignot, Gert Jan Lammers, Sebastiaan Overeem, Isabelle Arnulf, David Rye, Yves Dauvilliers, Makoto Honda, Judith A Owens, Giuseppe Plazzi, Thomas E Scammell

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Diagnosing narcolepsy without cataplexy is often a challenge as the symptoms are nonspecific, current diagnostic tests are limited, and there are no useful biomarkers. In this report, we review the clinical and physiological aspects of narcolepsy without cataplexy, the limitations ...

Last Updated: 2 Jun 2014

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A case of REM sleep behavior disorder, narcolepsy-cataplexy, parkinsonism, and rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Author(s): Filomena I I Cosentino, Angela Distefano, Giuseppe Plazzi, Carlos H Schenck, Raffaele Ferri

Journal: Behav Neurol. 2014 ;2014():572931.

 

A patient is reported in whom signs and symptoms of REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) and narcolepsy have been associated for almost two decades with a late development of parkinsonism and rheumatoid arthritis. A 78-year-old male patient in whom RBD was first diagnosed was followed-up ...

Last Updated: 14 May 2014

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Cataplexy" returned 5 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A patient with intractable attacks of cataplexy.
 

Author(s): Lourdes M DelRosso, Syeda Munir, Andrew L Chesson, Romy Hoque

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Last Updated: 15 Oct 2013

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Narcolepsy: neural mechanisms of sleepiness and cataplexy.
 

Author(s): Christian R Burgess, Thomas E Scammell

Journal: J. Neurosci.. 2012 Sep;32(36):12305-11.

 

Last Updated: 7 Sep 2012

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Sodium oxybate for narcolepsy with cataplexy: systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Mashael K Alshaikh, Andrea C Tricco, Mariam Tashkandi, Muhammad Mamdani, Sharon E Straus, Ahmed S BaHammam

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To assess the efficacy and safety of sodium oxybate (SXB) in narcolepsy-cataplexy patients.

Last Updated: 15 Aug 2012

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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A Study of Safety and Efficacy of BTD-001 in Treatment of Patients With Idiopathic Hypersomnia (IH) or Narcolepsy Type 2
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Idiopathic Hypersomnia; Narcolepsy Without Cataplexy

 

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2015

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