Narcolepsy – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. In the rare central nervous system disorder called narcolepsy, the brain is unable to control sleep-wake cycles. So people with narcolepsy experience irresistible and sudden bouts of sleep. NIH researcher Dr. Giovanni Cizza says, even though the symptoms of narcolepsy are very specific and unusual, narcolepsy is often undiagnosed.
Cizza: I have seen many subjects with narcolepsy who told me that it took many, many years for them to be diagnosed.
Narrator: Subjects often go through many other diagnoses such as depression, hypothyroidism or chronic fatigue syndrome before their diagnosis of narcolepsy. For details, visit www.ninds.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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