cataplexy

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cataplexy

[′kad·ə‚plek·sē]
(medicine)
Sudden loss of muscle tone provoked by exaggerated emotion, such as excessive anger or laughter, often associated with a profound desire for sleep.
Prostration by the sudden onset of disease.
Hypnotic sleep.
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It was Wilson too that states "that both narcoleptic and cataplectic attacks may comprise a component which corresponds to the usual conception of catalepsy and trance".
After one week of treatment, the number of both narcoleptic episodes and cataplectic episodes decreased.
The result was disabling, frequent, rebound cataplectic attacks.
The authors concluded that sodium oxybate significantly improved cataplectic symptoms in patients with narcolepsy.
Before his first cataplectic attack 12 years ago, Mr Degge worked for an American firm fre-quently flying back and forth across Europe.
A drug that has been abused as a recreational drug has received Food and Drug Administration approval to treat cataplectic attacks in people with narcolepsy, with restrictions aimed at preventing abuse.
0411), no statistically significant association was found between tricyclic antidepressant therapy and the REM-sleep symptom ratings in these cataplectic narcoleptics (cataplexy: [chi square] = 1.
The cataplectic attack may involve only a slight feeling of weakness and limp muscles (i.
Atypical cataplexy, which involves a cataplectic event that is not initiated by an emotional event such as laughter, is only associated with hypocretin deficiency in 20 per cent of cases (8).