Sleep-Related Rhythmic Movement Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Five Adult Patients.

Chiaro, Giacomo; Maestri, Michelangelo; Riccardi, Silvia; Haba-Rubio, José; Miano, Silvia; Bassetti, Claudio; Heinzer, Raphaël C; Manconi, Mauro (2017). Sleep-Related Rhythmic Movement Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Five Adult Patients. Journal of clinical sleep medicine, 13(10), pp. 1213-1217. American Academy of Sleep Medicine 10.5664/jcsm.6778

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Sleep-related rhythmic movements (SRRMs) are typical in infancy and childhood, where they usually occur at the wake-to-sleep transition. However, they have rarely been observed in adults, where they can be idiopathic or associated with other sleep disorders including sleep apnea. We report a case series of 5 adults with sleep-related rhythmic movement disorder, 4 of whom had a previous history of SRRMs in childhood. SRRMs mostly occurred in consolidated sleep, in association with pathological respiratory events, predominantly longer ones, especially during stage R sleep, and recovered in 1 patient with continuous positive airway pressure therapy. We hypothesize that sleep apneas may act as a trigger of rhythmic motor events through a respiratory-related arousal mechanism in genetically predisposed subjects.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology

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Bassetti, Claudio L.A., Manconi, Mauro


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




American Academy of Sleep Medicine




Stefanie Hetzenecker

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15 Nov 2017 08:46

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02 Mar 2023 23:29

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body rocking head rolling obstructive sleep apnea sleep-related rhythmic movement disorder


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