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How rare is sporadic fatal insomnia?

How rare is sporadic fatal insomnia?

SFI: Only 8 cases have ever been diagnosed as of july 2005, so it is extremely rare. ...Read more

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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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How common is sporadic fatal insomnia?

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How common is sporadic fatal insomnia?

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. ...Read more

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How to know if I have sporadic fatal insomnia?

How to know if I have sporadic fatal insomnia?

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 sleep. The way to identify this is through a sleep study which can be set up by your PCP. There are many efffective modes of treatment so it is not something to worry about. Just get checked. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of sporadic fatal insomnia?

What is the symptoms of sporadic fatal insomnia?

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 hypersomnolence, abnormalities of the autonomic system, abnormal movements, imbalance speech and swallowing problems. Abnormal behavior may be assumed to be due to psychiatric illness. ...Read more

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How can you get diagnosed with sporadic fatal insomnia?

How can you get diagnosed with sporadic fatal insomnia?

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 fold correctly. The condition is progressive and ends in death. Most diagnosis depends upon observation of changes in the functioning brain and confirmed upon autopsy. Gene testing only positive in the familial form. The condition can be acquired. ...Read more

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How many people have been diagnosed with sporadic fatal insomnia?

How many people have been diagnosed with sporadic fatal insomnia?

Ultra few: I do not know, but do know it is so incredibly rare. Something like less than 10 sporadic cases, and only a few dozen families with the abnormal gene. ...Read more

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What is sporadic fatal insomnia? What are the sign and symptoms of it?

What is sporadic fatal insomnia? What are the sign and symptoms of it?

SFI: Sporadic fatal insomnia is a very rare, transmissible neurodegenerative disease characterized by the accumulation of a misfolded protein (the prion protein) in the brain. Symptoms include disrupted sleep, autonomic dysfunction, and motor abnormalities including myoclonus, ataxia, dysarthria, dysphagia, and pyramidal signs like clonus on exam. There may be peculiar behaviors too. ...Read more

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Has anyone in sweden got fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

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Has anyone in sweden got fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

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 chance they may be in sweden, diagnosed or undiagnosed? ...Read more

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I just wonder what is the first sign or symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

I just wonder what is the first sign or symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

Insomnia: It is very, very, very rare & is characterized by progressive insomnia associated w/ extreme changes in personality & behavior eventually resulting in dementia & death, usually over the course of a year or two. It's related to mad cow disease & creutzfeldt jakob disease & is caused by accumulation of misfolded prion proteins in the brain. You don't have it. ...Read more

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Why do I have all the symptoms for sporadic fatal insomnia? I'm pretty scared

Why do I have all the symptoms for sporadic fatal insomnia? I'm pretty scared

Scared enough: To go see a doctor? That will be the only way to find out. If you are too scared to go see a doctor, because you don't really want to know, then that's ok too. There is no treatment for it anyways. The only benefit of seeing a doctor is to find out you are wrong and you don't really have it. In that case, you will still have to figure out what you really have. Will that be worth it to you? ...Read more

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What are the odds of someone having/developing sporadic fatal insomnia right now?

Very low: Sporadic fatal insomnia is very rare. In 30 years of medical practice I have not come across a single case. It may be related to a very rare illness called creutzfeld-jacob disease. ...Read more

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Has there been any cases of sporadic fatal insomnia or fatal famillia insomnia in sweden?

Has there been any cases of sporadic fatal insomnia or fatal famillia insomnia in sweden?

No: This disorder is extremely rare. The inheritable form apparently began with an italian family in the 1700's. Pubmed contains no reported cases of the sporadic or familial form in sweden. ...Read more

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I wonder if there has been any case of fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia in sweden?

I wonder if there has been any case of fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia in sweden?

Very rare: This disorder is extremely rare. The inheritable form apparently began with an italian family in the 1700's. Pubmed contains no reported cases of the sporadic or familial form in sweden. ...Read more

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I have sleept good for 5months but I haven't start hallucinated yet that means I don't have sporadic fatal insomnia?

Rare disease: Poor sleep (insomnia) is extremely common, and can be caused by anything from stress, depression, poor sleep hygiene, or other medical problems. Fatal insomnia is very rare. You should see a doctor to discuss your symptoms and discuss what interventions may be helpful. ...Read more

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I don't think I have fatal familila insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia but I got all the symptoms so what can I be I have?

A sleep disturbance: Get a consultation with a doctor certified in sleep medicine. She may have you do a sleep study to get an idea of what is going on. It is important to get good sleep for the normal functioning of the body. ...Read more

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I'm scared to death that I have sporadic fatal insomnia because many of the symptoms matches what I have so that's why I asked about it?

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I'm scared to death that I have sporadic fatal insomnia because many of the symptoms matches what I have so that's why I asked about it?

Scared enough: To go see a doctor? That will be the only way to find out. If you are too scared to go see a doctor, because you don't really want to know, then that's ok too. There is no treatment for it anyways. The only benefit of seeing a doctor is to find out you are wrong and you don't really have it. In that case, you will still have to figure out what you really have. Will that be worth it to you? ...Read more

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Is headache a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

Holy cow!: When u hear hoofbeats on the bridge don't think first of unicorns! :). ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a sporadic fatal insomnia?

You would unable to: Type or ask me that question. This is a very, very rare disease. Most doctors will never see a single case of this in the entire career. If you have concerns nonetheless, please visit with your primary doctor, or get in to Barrows there in Phoenix for assessment. ...Read more

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But anxiety is a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia that I know?

But anxiety is a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia that I know?

Health Anxiety: Health anxiety can make people fear having serious physical illnesses when these are not actually present. Such people worry a lot about physical sensations, and misinterpret them to mean scary things. They persist in asking about particular rare diagnoses despite repeated reassurance of not having them. Family physicians and psychiatrists can work together well to help such people find relief. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract sporadic fatal insomnia from a surgery?

Is it possible to contract sporadic fatal insomnia from a surgery?

Rarely: Most major surgical procedures done under general anesthesia have risks, which include but are not limited to death ("fatal insomnia"), and other complications particularl to the procedure in question. Death is generally rare to encounter considering the volume of surgeries performed. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there is a cure for fatal/sporadic fatal insomnia?

Please tell me if there is a cure for fatal/sporadic fatal insomnia?

Regretfully no: Regretfully there is no cure as of yet. Gene therapy has also been unsuccessful. It is a rare prion disease that is usually inherited, so it is very rare to be diagnosed with it. If you are concerned about it, it is recommended you consult your physician to go over a detailed history and examination to properly evaluate your symptoms. Insomnia due to other causes are more common. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Is nasuea a symptom of fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Is nasuea a symptom of fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Nausea: Nausea can come along with many types of conditions. However, it's not a symptom leading to the diagnosis of any kind of fatal insomnia [an exceedingly rare condition anyway]. Here's a site with all kinds of information about nausea: http://www. Emedicinehealth. Com/vomiting_and_nausea/article_em. Htm. ...Read more

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Is constiparion common with fatal fanilia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

NO: Ffi (fatal familial insomnia) is an extremely rare condition (has to have multiple memebers of the family affected) and has numerous non-sleep issues. Constipation happens during the terminal phases of the illness.

Constipation is not part of any insomnia. ...Read more

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Do people with fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia get haemorrhoids?

No: Not that I know of. That would seem like an odd association. I can't imagine why/how one is related to the other. By the way, I have never heard of anyone dying from the fatal condition you mentioned. ...Read more

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I wonder if decreased hearing and dizzyness I any symptoms of sporadic fatal insomnia?

Dizziness & deaf?: Your question is not entirely clear. If those are your only two symptoms it is suspicious for ménière's disease. See a local ENT to evaluate your hearing and balance problems. ...Read more

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What kind of skin symtoms are they for a person with fatal or sporadic fatal insomnia?

What kind of skin symtoms are they for a person with fatal or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Fatal insomnia: Skin symptoms are not the issue in either sporadic or familial fatal insomnia. Instead, the problems include insomnia, panic attacks, paranoia, hallucinations, weight loss, and dementia with the patient becoming mute or unresponsive over the course of months. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/12849238. ...Read more

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If the body temperature gets cold and hot is that a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

If the body temperature gets cold and hot is that a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

These are irrelevant: For diagnosis of this disorder. If you are pre-occupied with this diagnosis, the more relevant question is why? What psychological benefit does a possible diagnosis of fatal insomnia give to you? Some patients secretly wish that they have a rare disorder so that they can attract attention and become special or famous. Even when provided evidence to the contrary, they have a hard time accepting. ...Read more

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I must ask is changes in mood a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia or fatal familila insomnia?

Mood is irrelevant: For diagnosis of this disorder. If you are pre-occupied with this diagnosis, the more relevant question is why? What psychological benefit does a possible diagnosis of fatal insomnia give to you? Some patients secretly wish that they have a rare disorder so that they can attract attention and become special or famous. Even when provided evidence to the contrary, they have a hard time accepting. ...Read more

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What test could be done to find out if I have fatal familial insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Pretty rare: Family genetic illness onset 20 to 60 years of age--consult with sleep expert who may do work up if indicated. ...Read more

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So only a person stops to cry if they have sporadic fatal insomnia?

So only a person stops to cry if they have sporadic fatal insomnia?

No: There are many reasons someone may have difficulty crying -- many have to do with temperament, nothing to do with a disease like sporadic fatal insomnia. Also, some people are so deeply depressed they cannot cry either. ...Read more

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I mean is the hearing decreased with sporadic fatal insomnia and when you go you feel unsteady?

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I mean is the hearing decreased with sporadic fatal insomnia and when you go you feel unsteady?

These are irrelevant: For diagnosis of this disorder. If you are pre-occupied with this diagnosis, the more relevant question is why? What psychological benefit does a possible diagnosis of fatal insomnia give to you? Some patients secretly wish that they have a rare disorder so that they can attract attention and become special or famous. Even when provided evidence to the contrary, they have a hard time accepting. ...Read more

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I have Asperger syndrome can that create all the symptoms that I have felt for sporadic fatal insomnia?

I have Asperger syndrome can that create all the symptoms that I have felt for sporadic fatal insomnia?

Fatal insomnia: What are your symptoms which you say is due to fatal insomnia.
Fatal insomnia is very rare. Symptoms starts with insomnia in middle age. Fever, headache, attention and vigilance, memory, get impaired. Hypertension, increased breathing and heart rates, sweating, and slightly increased body temperature.
These symptoms are so vague that people with anxiety might think they have this disease. ...Read more

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If a person has fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia do they have pain in the neck or are they just stiff?

Sfi: I noticed u have asked about this illness several times for months. Wondering if u know of someone who was diagnosed with it for so long. ...Read more

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For 4 months ago I started to see that my left pupil has go smaller than the other is it not a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

For 4 months ago I started to see that my left pupil has go smaller than the other is it not a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia?

Fatal insomnia: Fatal insomnia is very rare. Symptoms starts with insomnia in middle age. Fever, headache, attention and vigilance, memory, get impaired. Hypertension, increased breathing
and heart rates, sweating, and slightly increased body temperature are also other sign or symptoms of this rare disease.
The above symptoms and the majority of them might be caused by anxiety too.
Please see your doctor. ...Read more