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how common is it for somebody to get narcolepsy?

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Dr. Mary Efremov
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Very rare: Accurate diagnosis is hard but it is quite rare.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
Dr. Marcel Hungs
26 years experience Neurology
Common: Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that usually develops over the teenage years. It is likely autoimmune related. There are rare situation when narcolepsy occurs in multiple sclerosis, trauma or brain tumor. Narcolepsy is caused in most patients by a "hypocretin" deficiency in the hypothalamus.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Mark Patterson
32 years experience Pediatrics
It depends: The answer depends on what population you are talking about. In the us, narcolepsy is estimated to affect 1 in 2000 people. It is much more common in japan, very rare in israel.
Answered on May 2, 2016
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A little sleepy: Most of the time i guess?

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