What are clinical features of cataplexy in narcolepsy?

Updated: Sep 04, 2019
  • Author: Sagarika Nallu, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Features of cataplexy are as follows:

  • If severe and generalized, cataplexy may cause a fall

  • More subtle forms exist with only partial loss of tone (eg, head nod, speech alteration, and knee buckling)

  • Respiratory and extraocular movements are preserved

  • Cataplexy is usually triggered by emotions (especially laughter and anger)


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