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Parental Fitness Questioned on the Grounds of Narcolepsy: Presentation of Two Cases

Laura Barbero, MD1; Annamaria Govi, MD1; Fabio Pizza, MD, PhD2,3; Giuseppe Plazzi, MD2,3; Francesca Ingravallo, MD, PhD1,3
1Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences (DIMEC), University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy; 2Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences (DIBINEM), University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy; 3IRCSS, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Bologna, Italy

We report two cases of fathers whose parental fitness was questioned during divorce and custody litigation because of narcolepsy type 2 and type 1, respectively. These cases highlighted both the existence of a narcolepsy-related stigma and the need to involve sleep experts in custody assessments when concerns about the parental fitness are related to a sleep disorder, expanding the field of interest of the growing “sleep forensics.”


Barbero L, Govi A, Pizza F, Plazzi G, Ingravallo F. Parental fitness questioned on the grounds of narcolepsy: presentation of two cases. J Clin Sleep Med. 2017;13(8):1017–1018.

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