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Narcolepsy


Synonyms of Narcolepsy
  • Gelineau's Syndrome
  • Narcoleptic syndrome
  • Paroxysmal Sleep
  • Sleep Epilepsy

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Narcolepsy is a rare disorder characterized by chronic, excessive attacks of drowsiness during the day, sudden extreme muscle weakness (cataplexy), hallucinations, paralysis while sleeping, and disrupted sleep during the night. Attacks of drowsiness may persist only a few minutes or last for hours, and may vary in frequency from a few incidents to several during a single day. Although the exact cause of narcolepsy is not known, many researchers suspect that genetic factors play a role in the development of the disorder.
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    Organizations related to Narcolepsy
    • American Sleep Disorders Association
      1610 14th Street NW
      Rochester MN 55901
      Phone #: 507-287-6006
      800 #: --
      e-mail: asda@millcomm.com
      Home page: N/A
    • Center for Narcolepsy Research
      College of Nursing (M/C 802)
      Chicago IL 60612-7350
      Phone #: 312-996-5176
      800 #: --
      e-mail: narcolep@listserve.uic.edu
      Home page: http://www.uic.edu/depts/cnr/cnrright.htm
    • Center for Research in Sleep Disorders
      1275 East Kemper Rd.
      Cincinnati OH 45246
      Phone #: 513-671-3101
      800 #: --
      e-mail: ggaz@tristatesleep.com
      Home page: N/A
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • Medic Alert Foundation International
      2323 Colorado Avenue
      Turlock CA 95382
      Phone #: 209-669-2401
      800 #: 800-432-5378
      e-mail: Inquiries@medicalert.org
      Home page: http://www.medicalert.org
    • Narcolepsy Institute
      Montefiore Medical Center
      Bronx NY 10467
      Phone #: 718-920-6799
      800 #: --
      e-mail: MGoswami@NarcolepsyInstitute.org
      Home page: http://www.narcolepsyinstitute.org
    • Narcolepsy Network, Inc.
      110 Ripple Lane
      North Kingstown RI 02852
      Phone #: 401-667-2523
      800 #: 888-292-6522
      e-mail: narnet@narcolepsynetwork.org
      Home page: http://www.narcolepsynetwork.org
    • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
      31 Center Drive
      Bethesda MD 20892-2540
      Phone #: 301-496-5751
      800 #: 800-352-9424
      e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
    • National Sleep Foundation
      1522 K Street
      Washington D.C. 20005
      Phone #: 202-347-3471
      800 #: --
      e-mail: nsf@sleepfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.sleepfoundation.org



    For a Complete Report

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. ? (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be obtained for a small fee by visiting the NORD website. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational treatments (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, see http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdblist.html