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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
SFI: Only 8 cases have ever been diagnosed as of july 2005, so it is extremely rare.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Sfi: In my 30 years of practice, I have not seen one case. Researching the history showed there were less than 100 cases ever reported worldwide.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcie Berman
38 years experience Clinical Psychology
Sleep study: I am assuming that you mean sleep apnea which many people have. It is not typically fatal but could be because it involves stopping breathing during ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nabil Moufarrej
43 years experience Sleep Medicine
Fatal insomnia: Sporadic fatal insomnia is believed to be a prion disease that cause degeneration of the nervous system. Symptoms include disrupted sleep and daytime ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roxanne Lewis
Specializes in Clinical Psychology
Autopsy: Univ of Chi: This condition can result from a genetic abnormality or in non-genetically compromised individuals who have a protein strand, a Prion, that does not f ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
39 years experience Psychiatry
Very very few: <100 around the world & over time. You don't have it. Btw, it is closely related to mad cow disease & creutzfeldt-jakob disease & is caused by accu ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
SFI: Sporadic fatal insomnia is a very rare, transmissible neurodegenerative disease characterized by the accumulation of a misfolded protein (the prion pr ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Sporadic Fatal insom: Electroencephalogram helps. Lumbar puncture and MRI also will help.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Hsiao
39 years experience Psychiatry
Insomnia: It is very, very, very rare & is characterized by progressive insomnia associated w/ extreme changes in personality & behavior eventually resulting in ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Hard to say: There are only about 100 people alive with ffi (estimated), and a handful of sfi diagnoses. Considering some of the cases are in europe, there's a ch ... Read More

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