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J Sleep Med. 2017 Dec;14(2):70-73. English. Case Report. https://doi.org/10.13078/jsm.17010
Rheu SY , Jin SH , Kim JH .
Department of Neurology, Dankook University College of Medicine, Dankook University Hospital, Cheonan, Korea. fever26@gmail.com
Abstract

Non-rapid eye movement sleep parasomnias including sleepwalking tend to disappear spontaneously during late childhood and adolescent period. Sleepwalking is not as common in adults as in children. Sleepwalking in adults could happen with triggering factors such as hypnotics or metabolic derangement including hypoglycemia. We report a case of an adult patient with recurrent, frequent sleepwalking and complex motor behaviors during sleep in his mid- twenties after spontaneous remission of sleepwalking in the childhood. The triggers were severe sleep deprivation and obstructive sleep apnea. No more sleepwalking was reported after the treatment of sleep apnea by tonsillectomy.

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