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Somnambulism: clinical aspects and pathophysiological hypotheses.
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PMID:  23415568     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Somnambulism, or sleepwalking, can give rise to a wide range of adverse consequences and is one of the leading causes of sleep-related injury. Accurate diagnosis is crucial for proper management and imperative in an ever-increasing number of medicolegal cases implicating sleep-related violence. Unfortunately, several widely held views of sleepwalking are characterised by key misconceptions, and some established diagnostic criteria are inconsistent with research findings. The traditional idea of somnambulism as a disorder of arousal might be too restrictive and a comprehensive view should include the idea of simultaneous interplay between states of sleep and wakefulness. Abnormal sleep physiology, state dissociation, and genetic factors might explain the pathophysiology of the disorder.
Antonio Zadra; Alex Desautels; Dominique Petit; Jacques Montplaisir
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Lancet. Neurology     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1474-4465     ISO Abbreviation:  Lancet Neurol     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-18     Completed Date:  2013-04-18     Revised Date:  2014-08-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101139309     Medline TA:  Lancet Neurol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  285-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Brain / physiopathology*
Brain Chemistry / genetics
Somnambulism* / epidemiology,  etiology,  physiopathology

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