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Laughter May Trigger Paralysis in Woman With Rare Condition - Health News | Current Health News | Medical News

Posted Aug 06 2008 7:08am

Link:FOXNews.com - Laughter May Trigger Paralysis in Woman With Rare Condition - Health News | Current Health News | Medical News.

Kay Underwood of Barrow Upon Soar in Leicestershire, England, has cataplexy, a neurological condition often confused with epilepsy.

Patients who have the disorder have sudden attacks of muscle weakness, which can cause them to fall down during times of strong emotions, such as laughter or sadness.Cataplexyoccurs in individuals who havenarcolepsy, or excessive daytime sleepiness, which Underwood also has.

I have never heard of Cataplexy before. It sounds like a very frustrating condition



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