Can a small child have cataplexy without narcolepsy?
August 7, 2008 9:27 AM Subscribe
Is it possible for a small child to have cataplexy without narcolepsy?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (6 answers total)
I'm not usually one of those worrying-about-whether-my-child-has-the-disease-of-the-week type of parents. I think I'm about as laid back and easy-going as they get. But today's BBC story about cataplexy
has me wondering about this.
Here are my data points in reverse chronological order:
- My four-year-old son collapses to the floor when he's tickled in a certain spot. He giggles like a maniac before and after falling and does not appear to be in distress. He just completely loses the ability to keep himself upright (sorta like one of those toys where you push the bottom of the base and all the character's joints go loose).
- Last autumn, he had a bad fall off a bed, resulting in unconsciousness and a concussion. He was sitting on the edge of the bed and then suddenly flopped to the ground, head first without putting his hands out, continuing over to flop down on his back. This happened shortly after waking up early, and the doctors at the time said he probably just fell asleep again.
- When he was a crawling baby, he frequently did spectacular faceplants when all his limbs would suddenly go out from under him. He was not otherwise wobbly -- he was a very adept, sturdy, and fast crawler. I am in a position to observe many crawling babies and I haven't seen any others fall the way he would. At the time, I wondered if he was having some sort of mini-seizure, but once he started walking I forgot about it.
- He had a blood transfusion in-utero at about 26 weeks gestation to fight severe (near-fatal) anemia due to parvovirus infection (fifth disease). The pregnancy went fine after that and, though there was concern about possible brain damage, he had extensive follow-up over the first four years of his life and no problems were ever detected.
And that's about it. He's a bright, funny, creative kid. Nobody who knows him would think he's got any neurological issues (including those neonatal follow-up doctors who were looking for neurological issues).
Anonymous because I expect he's not going to want the tickling thing known if it still happens when he's older. Email firstname.lastname@example.org