Unusual nocturnal motor restlessness in a patient with spinocerebellar ataxia 3

Imad Ghorayeb, Federica Provini, Bernard Bioulac, François Tison

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Video-polysomnographic monitoring of a female patient with spinocerebellar ataxia 3 (SCA-3) in whom rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder was clinically suspected demonstrated recurrent episodes of unusual nocturnal motor restlessness occurring during non-REM sleep and severely disturbing both the patient and her bed partner's sleep. Even if nocturnal manifestations are common features of SCA-3 and increasingly recognized, such a case has never been reported before. We discuss this peculiar movement disorder as a particular manifestation of the wide spectrum of parasomnias occurring in such a rare neurodegenerative disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)899-901
Number of pages3
JournalMovement Disorders
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005


  • Machado-Joseph disease
  • Parasomnia
  • Polysomnography
  • Sleep disorders
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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