Focal epileptic seizures mimicking sleep paralysis

Carlo Andrea Galimberti, Maria Ossola, Silvia Colnaghi, Carla Arbasino

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Sleep paralysis (SP) is a common parasomnia. The diagnostic criteria for SP, as reported in the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, are essentially clinical, as electroencephalography (EEG)-polysomnography (PSG) is not mandatory. We describe a subject whose sleep-related events fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for SP, even though her visual hallucinations were elementary, repetitive and stereotyped, thus differing from those usually reported by patients with SP. Video/EEG-PSG documented the focal epileptic nature of the SP-like episodes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-564
Number of pages3
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • Epilepsy
  • Focal seizures
  • Negative motor area
  • Parasomnias
  • Sleep paralysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology


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