QOD 72: Cataplexy and Sleeping Disorders (Neuro/Basic Care and Comfort)

Question:

Which sleep disorder is associated with cataplexy?

Answer:

A.  Narcolepsy

Rationale: 

Cataplexy describes an involuntary loss of muscle function that is temporary. Cataplexy is most commonly associated with narcolepsy, which involves increased sleepiness during the daytime. A patient with narcolepsy may take medications that act as stimulants to help keep him awake; some of these medications may also treat episodes of cataplexy.

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