Nocturnal polysomnographic characteristics of pediatric narcolepsy

Satish C. Rao, Meghna P. Mansukhani, Robin M. Lloyd, Nancy L. Slocumb, Suresh Kotagal

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The aim of this study was to describe the polysomnographic features of childhood-onset narcolepsy. A retrospective review was performed on children with narcolepsy. The polysomnogram findings were compared with reference values obtained from normative data in the general population. Narcolepsy subjects had a mean initial sleep latency of 10.9min on nocturnal PSG, which was shorter by a mean of 18min than corresponding values from normative data (P < 0.001). Short initial REM latency on nocturnal PSG correlated with the number of SOREMPs on MSLT in subjects with narcolepsy (P= 0.007). These findings may assist in the clinical diagnosis of narcolepsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-71
Number of pages3
JournalSleep and Biological Rhythms
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Cataplexy
  • Childhood
  • Narcolepsy
  • Polysomnogram
  • Sleepiness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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