Cataplexy Sentence Examples
Cataplexy, which is the sudden paralysis that severe narcolepsy can induce, is a characteristic of narcolepsy that does not manifest itself in other sleep disorders.
Dr. Westphal was the first to clinically describe narcolepsy as a physical disorder which often manifests along with cataplexy, episodes of sudden loss of muscle tone while a person is awake.
The term cataplexy, coined in 1902 by a Dr.Loëwenfeld, comes from the Greek word kataplexis meaning "fixation of the eyes."
Dr. Gélineau also connected the symptoms of excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, and sleep paralysis as symptoms of one specific disorder.
Narcolepsy is a disorder of the nervous system marked by excessive daytime sleepiness, uncontrollable sleep attacks, and cataplexy (a sudden loss of muscle tone, usually lasting up to half an hour).
Cataplexy, the most dramatic symptom of narcolepsy, affecting 75 percent of people with the disorder.
During an attack of cataplexy, the person's knees buckle and the neck muscles go slack.
Attacks of cataplexy can occur at any time but are often triggered by such strong emotions as anger, joy, or surprise.
After several months or years, cataplexy and the other classical symptoms of the disorder may appear.
If the child has experienced both excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy, a tentative diagnosis may be made on the basis of the patient's history.Advertisement
In addition, sleep attacks and cataplexy can be frightening to other family members who witness them.