September 5, 2015
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Narcolepsy (cont.)

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What's in the future for narcolepsy?

The discovery that a lack of hypocretins in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) may be related to the cause of narcolepsy could lead to the development of tests to determine the level of hypocretins in the CSF. Such tests could help in the diagnosis of narcolepsy. The expectation is that these tests will be simple (drawing blood), and will reflect the level of hypocretins in the CSF. In addition, the discovery of the role of hypocretins in the development of narcolepsy may lead to the development of new drugs for the treatment of narcolepsy.

For more information

Narcolepsy Network, Inc.
79 Main Street
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Tel: 888-292-6522 401-667-2523
Fax: 401-633-6567

National Sleep Foundation
1522 K Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 202-347-3472
Fax: 202-347-3472

Medically reviewed by Peter O’Connor, MD; American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty in Sleep Medicine

REFERENCES: Prescribing information for armodafinil. FDA Approves Xyrem for Cataplexy Attacks in Patients with Narcolepsy. Narcolepsy.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. What are the Signs and Symptoms of Narcolepsy?

National Instutute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Facts About Narcolepsy.

Stanford School of Medicine. Narcolepsy Research - FAQs.

Previous contributing author and editor:
Medical Author: Roza Hayduk, MD
Medical Editor: Leslie J. Schoenfield, MD, PhD

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/1/2015


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