Neuropsychological findings in childhood narcolepsy

Annio Posar, Fabio Pizza, Antonia Parmeggiani, Giuseppe Plazzi

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Narcolepsy with cataplexy is a severely disabling disorder very often arising in childhood. Data on neuropsychological impairment in children are scant. We administered standardized neuropsychological tests to 13 children with narcolepsy with cataplexy. Overall, our patients displayed multiple patterns of cognitive and behavioral dysfunction, and often academic failure (7 cases out of 13). All children had a normal full intelligence quotient (IQ), but 3 patients presented a significantly higher and 2 a significantly lower Verbal IQ compared to Performance IQ, respectively. Mean sleep latency was significantly correlated (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1370-1376
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2014


  • behavior
  • cataplexy
  • childhood
  • cognitive functions
  • narcolepsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Medicine(all)


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