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What does it mean if a person have lacrimation problems with fatal familial insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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In brief: Lacrimation problems

Early in familial or sporadic fatal insomnia, a person may experience altered attentiveness, trouble initiating sleep, and periods of high fever, sweating, salivation, and lacrimation.
This is excessive lacrimation rather than inability to weep tears. There are also uncoordinated movements, myoclonus, and hyperreflexia on neuro exam. Lacrimation is not the center of this syndrome.

In brief: Lacrimation problems

Early in familial or sporadic fatal insomnia, a person may experience altered attentiveness, trouble initiating sleep, and periods of high fever, sweating, salivation, and lacrimation.
This is excessive lacrimation rather than inability to weep tears. There are also uncoordinated movements, myoclonus, and hyperreflexia on neuro exam. Lacrimation is not the center of this syndrome.
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