Evaluation of parasomnias in children

G. M. Rosen, R. Ferber, M. W. Mahowald

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Although disorders of arousal constitute the majority of unusual behavioral and experiential phenomena occurring during sleep, it must be remembered that there are many other conditions that mimic them. In enigmatic cases, appropriate clinical and sleep laboratory evaluation usually will result in a correct diagnosis, with effective therapeutic implications. Erroneous diagnosis may lead to ineffective and potentially detrimental behavioral or pharmacologic treatment. Continued evaluation of unusual or difficult cases undoubtedly will lead to greater understanding of these disorders. The overlap of symptoms dictates the use of exacting diagnostic criteria in case reporting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-616
Number of pages16
JournalChild and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996


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