Managing Narcolepsy in Adults

Michael Thorpy, MD


June 01, 2020

Narcolepsy is a rare but disabling neurologic disorder caused by a neuropeptide loss in the lateral hypothalamus. The condition typically appears in the second decade of life, but diagnosis is commonly delayed by several years because its primary symptom, excessive daytime sleepiness, is often attributed to other causes, such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Dr Michael Thorpy, from the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, discusses key symptoms that can aid in early diagnosis of narcolepsy, and reports on effective management strategies of narcolepsy in adults, including the use of recently approved and emerging therapies.


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