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REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (cont.)

What Is the Follow-up for REM Sleep Disorder?

Because REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) may occur in association with neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson disease, multiple system atrophy, and dementia, consult a neurologist to rule out these conditions. RBD symptoms may be the first manifestations of these disorders, so careful follow-up is needed.

What Is the Prognosis (Outlook) for REM Sleep Disorder?

The outlook of REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) depends on the cause. In persons with RBD in whom no cause can be identified, the symptoms can be controlled with medications. In persons with RBD caused by neurological diseases, the outlook depends on the primary disease.

Medically reviewed by Daniel S. Harrop, MD; American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology


"Rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder"

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