Polysomnographic study of sleeplessness and oneiricisms in the alcohol withdrawal syndrome

Giuseppe Plazzi, Pasquale Montagna, Stefano Meletti, Elio Lugaresi

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We describe a polysomnographic observation of the acute phase of the alcohol withdrawal syndrome, characterized by an alteration of the sleep-wake cycle and by the absence of non-rapid eye movement sleep. An atypical transitional state between rapid eye movement sleep and wake with hallucinations and enacting-dream behaviors represented the sole sleep pattern. Analogies of alcohol withdrawal syndrome with fatal familial insomnia and Morvan's fibrillary chorea suggest a common pathophysiological mechanism in these conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-282
Number of pages4
JournalSleep Medicine
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Sleep
Alcohols
Fatal Familial Insomnia
Myokymia
Hallucinations
REM Sleep
Eye Movements
Observation

Keywords

  • Alcohol withdrawal syndrome
  • Clonazepam
  • Fatal familial insomia
  • Morvan's fibrillary chorea
  • Oneiricism
  • Polysomnography
  • Rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder
  • Recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Dentistry(all)

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Polysomnographic study of sleeplessness and oneiricisms in the alcohol withdrawal syndrome. / Plazzi, Giuseppe; Montagna, Pasquale; Meletti, Stefano; Lugaresi, Elio.

In: Sleep Medicine, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2002, p. 279-282.

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Plazzi, Giuseppe ; Montagna, Pasquale ; Meletti, Stefano ; Lugaresi, Elio. / Polysomnographic study of sleeplessness and oneiricisms in the alcohol withdrawal syndrome. In: Sleep Medicine. 2002 ; Vol. 3, No. 3. pp. 279-282.
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