Studio sulla frequenza di parasonnie nei pazienti affetti da epilessia frontale notturna (EFN) e nei loro familiari

Translated title of the contribution: Paroxysmal motor phenomena during sleep: Study on the frequency of parasomnias in patients with nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy and the relatives

F. Bisulli, I. Naldi, P. Tinuper, L. Vignatelli, S. Ferioli, F. Pittau, F. Provini, G. Plazzi, R. Vetrugno, P. Montagna

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To verify whether patients with NFLE and their relatives have a higher frequency of parasomnias, in particular arousal disorders, to shed light on the still unknown physiopathological mechanisms underlying NFLE. 358 individuals were interviewed: 26 patients with NFLE (M/F: 13/13), 161 relatives of probands, 20 control subjects and 151 relatives of controls. The following parasomnias were more frequent in the NFLE group: Probands vs controls: bruxism (p <0.05) and arousal disorders such as sleep walking and sleep terror. Proband relatives vs control relatives: arousal disorders (p = 0.0186) and nightmares (p = 0.002). We confirmed the original hypothesis of a higher frequency of arousal disorders in patients with NFLE and their relatives suggesting a possible common physiopathological mechanism. The study disclosed also two "unexpected" findings: a higher frequency of bruxism in NFLE patients and nightmares in their relatives.

Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)265-266
Number of pages2
JournalBollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia
Issue number129-130
Publication statusPublished - 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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