Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
If you have the most classic symptoms of
narcolepsy, such as involuntary sleep attacks and weakness attacks (cataplexy), diagnosis of your disorder may be relatively simple. If your doctor isn’t sure whether your symptoms are caused by narcolepsy, she may order tests, such as:
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Last reviewed October 2012 by Rimas Lukas, MD
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