A description of symptoms related to Narcolepsy, irresistible attacks of refreshing sleep that occur daily over at least 3 months. Narcolepsy generally produces cataplexy, which most commonly presents as brief episodes (seconds to minutes) of sudden, bilateral loss of muscle tone precipitated by emotions, typically laughing and joking. Individuals are awake and aware during cataplexy.
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Submitted on: 1-Jun-2000