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Narcolepsy is a frequently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed chronic neurological disease. Some experts believe that it is more prevalent than multiple sclerosis. The major symptoms of narcolepsy are: excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations and temporary loss of muscle control or cataplexy caused by a strong emotion like anger or laughter. Patients may remain undiagnosed for decades. The condition is believed to be hereditary and medications can only reduce the number of sleep attacks but not stop them altogether. The condition persists throughout the patient's lifetime.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Star Bulletin
About: Narcolepsy often undiagnosed for a long time
Date: 30 January 2005
Source: Star Bulletin
Author: Helen Altonn
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