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Pseudo-narcolepsy: case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10516803     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This report describes the case of a 44-year-old woman presenting to a Sleep and Alertness clinic with symptoms of narcolepsy. The patient had clinical and polysomnographic features of narcolepsy, which disappeared after disclosure of severe psychological stress. Following a discussion of the differential diagnosis of narcolepsy, alternative diagnoses are considered. The authors suggest that the patient had a hysterical conversion disorder, or "pseudo-narcolepsy." Careful inquiry into psychological factors in unusual cases of narcolepsy may be warranted.
J A Hicks; C M Shapiro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psychiatry & neuroscience : JPN     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1180-4882     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychiatry Neurosci     Publication Date:  1999 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-02-29     Completed Date:  2000-02-29     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9107859     Medline TA:  J Psychiatry Neurosci     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  348-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry, Toronto Hospital, Ont., USA.
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MeSH Terms
Conversion Disorder / complications,  diagnosis,  psychology
Diagnosis, Differential
Hysteria / complications,  diagnosis,  psychology
Narcolepsy / diagnosis*
Polysomnography / methods
Sleep, REM / physiology

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