Pseudo Status Cataplecticus in Narcolepsy Type 1
The rare constellation of multiple episodes of cataplexy that are refractory to therapy is called status cataplecticus. We describe a young adult with known narcolepsy type 1 who reported a marked exacerbation of her symptoms that was initially suspicious for status cataplecticus. Neurological evaluation, polysomnography, and additional history revealed that the spells were not consistent with cataplexy, but rather with a somatoform disorder. The case highlights the importance of considering psychosomatic factors in narcolepsy type 1 when presumed cataplexy remains suboptimally controlled despite adequate dosing with appropriate medications.
Meinen CN, Smith KM, Tillema JM, Kotagal S. Pseudo status cataplecticus in narcolepsy type 1. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018;14(9):1625–1627.
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