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Misdiagnosis of Sleepwalking

Diseases for which Sleepwalking may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which Sleepwalking is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Sleepwalking: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Sleepwalking may include these medical conditions:

Sleepwalking: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Sleepwalking

RLS sleep disorder causing night-time leg sensations often misdiagnosed: A common but relatively unknown sleep-related disorder called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is often misdiagnosed. The typical symptoms are night-time tingling, crawling, or burning sensations in the legs, with the irresistable urge to move the legs. This need for leg movement leads to tossing and turning, or getting up out of bed, all of which interferes with the ability to fall asleep. The sufferer then has the typical symptoms of sleep deprivation during the day: fatigue, tiredness, morning headaches, irritability, poor concentration and so on. This condition is sometimes misdiagnosed as other conditions such as ADHD, sleep disorders, other causes of insomnia, or other causes of leg tingling. Many patients also suffer from a related disorder called Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), which causes leg spasms or other jerky movements. See introduction to RLS or introduction to PLMD.

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of Sleepwalking or confirming a diagnosis of Sleepwalking, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Sleepwalking may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Sleepwalking. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

 

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