Effective Treatment of Narcolepsy-Like Symptoms with High-Frequency Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A Case Report




Curated By TMS Solutions on Dec 13, 2017 1:01:00 AM
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TITLE
Effective Treatment of Narcolepsy-Like Symptoms with High-Frequency Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A Case Report

AUTHORS
Lai JB; Han MM; Xu Y; Hu SH

SOURCE
Medicine. 96(46):e8645, 2017 Nov.

RATIONALE
Narcolepsy is a rare sleep disorder with disrupted sleep-architecture. Clinical management of narcolepsy lies dominantly on symptom-driven pharmacotherapy. The treatment role of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for narcolepsy remains unexplored.

PATIENT CONCERNS
In this paper, we present a case of a 14-year-old young girl with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), cataplexy and hypnagogic hallucinations.

DIAGNOSES
After excluding other possible medical conditions, this patient was primarily diagnosed with narcolepsy.

INTERVENTIONS
The patient received 25 sessions of high-frequency rTMS over the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC).

OUTCOMES
The symptoms of EDS and cataplexy significantly improved after rTMS treatment. Meanwhile, her score in the Epworth sleep scale (ESS) also remarkably decreased.

LESSONS
This case indicates that rTMS may be selected as a safe and effective alternative strategy for treating narcolepsy-like symptoms. Well-designed researches are warranted in future investigations on this topic.

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