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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In the follow-up visit performed one month later, it was learned that his symptoms had regressed markedly, sleepiness during the daytime was improved completely, cataplexy occurred rarely when he was extremely excited, he had started to attend school, and his academic success was good.
It wasn't until 2012 that she discovered she also has cataplexy, which has no cure.
Nishino S, Kanbayashi T Symptomatic narcolepsy, cataplexy and hypersomnia, and their implications in the hypothalamic hypocretin/orexin system.
Anita Wainwright, a mother of four from Birmingham, suffers from a rare medical condition, cataplexy, which causes her to have seizure and collapse every time she has heightened emotions.
2] About 10% of individuals with narcolepsy have the four core symptoms of narcolepsy: paroxysmal sleep, cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucination, and sleep paralysis.
Chloe also suffers from cataplexy, which means her muscles can give way without warning.
Prior to death, all the narcoleptics had been diagnosed by a sleep disorder center as having narcolepsy with cataplexy.
Cataplexy is the sudden onset of muscle weakness which often occurs in association with strong emotion.
Xyrem[R] (sodium oxybate) oral solution is indicated for the treatment of cataplexy and excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) in patients with narcolepsy and may be dispensed only to patients enrolled in the Xyrem Success Program[R].
The disorder known as hysteria presented doctors, like Charcot, with a conundrum, as hysterical patients (almost always women) exhibited physical symptoms that had no clear somatic point of origin; these included everything from cataplexy, insomnia, selected paralysis, headaches, and loss of appetite to delirium and many more.
Cataplexy is paralysis of skeletal muscles in the setting of wakefulness and often is triggered by strong emotions such as humor.