Paroxysmal arousals during sleep

P. Montagna, E. Sforza, P. Tinuper, F. Cirignotta, E. Lugaresi

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Six patients complained of distressing sudden awakenings with abnormal motor activity during sleep causing insomnia. Polysomnography showed paroxysmal short-lasting arousals during NREM, especially slow-wave sleep, associated with complex movements and autonomic activation. Ictal and interictal EEG never showed epileptic discharges except in 1 patient who also had a tonic-clonic seizure during sleep. Carbamazepine was the only effective medication in 2 patients. Paroxysmal arousals represent a sleep disturbance that may be related to deep epileptic foci..

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1063-1066
Number of pages4
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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