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Narcolepsy (cont.)

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Author: Selim R Benbadis, MD, Director of Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Professor, Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, University of South Florida, Tampa General Hospital.

Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

References: Billiard M. Diagnosis of narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia. An update based on the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, 2nd edition. Sleep Med Rev 2007;11:377-88. Heier MS, Evsiukova T, Vilming S, Gjerstad MD, Schrader H, Gautvik K. CSF hypocretin-1 levels and clinical profiles in narcolepsy and idiopathic CNS hypersomnia in Norway. Sleep 2007;30:969-73. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study demonstrates sodium oxybate is effective for the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness in narcolepsy. Xyrem International Study Group. J Clin Sleep Med 2005;1:391-7.Comment in: J Clin Sleep Med 2006;2:96; author reply 97. Moore WR, Silber MH, Decker PA, Heim-Penokie PC, Sikkink VK, Slocumb N, Richardson JW, Krahn LE. Cataplexy Emotional Trigger Questionnaire (CETQ)--a brief patient screen to identify cataplexy in patients with narcolepsy. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 2007;3:37-40.

Previous contributing editors: Editors: Erasmo A Passaro, MD, Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program/Clinical Neurophysiology Lab, Bayfront Medical Center; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Stephen Berman, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Neurology, Dartmouth Medical School; Chief, White River Junction VA Neurology Service, White River Junction VA Hospital.


Last Editorial Review: 10/17/2007

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