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Epilepsy & cataplexy

01/18/2006

Question:

How common is it to develop epilepsy after you have been suffering with severe cataplexy for three years? These are severe epileptic seizures as well.

Answer:

It is unusual to have both conditions. Cataplexy is a much rarer condition than epilepsy. One possibility is that the cataplectic attacks may actually have been seizures. Seizure monitoring is a diagnostic test that might be able to determine if the cataplexy is actually a seizure. I would discuss this with your health care provider.

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Response by:

David M Ficker, MD David M Ficker, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati