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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Cataplexy (Definition)

The syndrome of narcolepsy, which causes daytime sleep attacks, may be associated with episodes of complete temporary loss of muscular tone, associated with intense emotions, such as crying or laughing. The pt may collapse to the ground, but does not go unconscious. This seems to be a ...Read more


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Can cataplexy cause your feet to swell?

Can cataplexy cause your feet to swell?

It can: Similiar to the way someone with a foot drop from stroke usually has some degree of foot and ankle swelling compared to the other side. The principle is similiar - a loss of muscle tone or function doesn't allow the muscles to effectively help in pumping blood away from the area. ...Read more

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Does cataplexy cause your feet to swell?

Does cataplexy cause your feet to swell?

Possible: Due to the sudden lack of muscle tone this may also lead to the calf muscles being unable to contract and push the blood away from your feet toward your heart. This would lead to swelling in your feet. See your doctor for advice and consider compression hose. ...Read more

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How can I treat cataplexy?

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How can I treat cataplexy?

Cataplexy: Medications such as Xyrem & Antdepressants.

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Does anyone treat cataplexy?

Does anyone treat cataplexy?

Definitely: Cataplexy can be a disabling symptom of narolepsy. So if it is prominent or bothersome treatment is indicated. There are a number of anticataplectic medications and particularly one medication that has been specifically approved for narcolepsy with cataplexy. Need to see board certified sleep specialist. ...Read more

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What are the signs of cataplexy?

SLEEP DISORDER: Narcolepsy and cataplexy are very much associated. There are daytime irresistable sleep attacks, florid nitemares, and sleep paralysis on awakening. The cataplexy involves a sudden loss of muscle tone and collapse with intense emotions, such as crying or laughing. Sleep studies can help confirm a diagnosis. Treatment can be very successful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cataplexy?

What are the symptoms of cataplexy?

Cataplexy: Loss of muscle tone can present with sagging jaw, arm weakness, slumping shoulders, drooping head, slurred speech, generalized weakness. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cataplexy?

What is the definition or description of: cataplexy?

Narcolepsy: The syndrome of narcolepsy, which causes daytime sleep attacks, may be associated with episodes of complete temporary loss of muscular tone, associated with intense emotions, such as crying or laughing. The pt may collapse to the ground, but does not go unconscious. This seems to be a daytime rem sleep-like situation. ...Read more

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When someone has a cataplexy attack, can they vocalize (like moaning)?

When someone has a cataplexy attack, can they vocalize (like moaning)?

Cataplexy: Is a sudden and transient episode of loss of muscle tone accompanied by full conscious awareness, often triggered by strong emotions such as laughing, crying, or being scared. Speech is often slurred, but vocalization is possible unless there is total collapse, but it usually only lasts for a short time with complete recovery from seconds to minutes. ...Read more

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