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Fatal familial insomnia
Other Names for this Disease
- Familial fatal insomnia
- Insomnia familial fatal
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autosomal dominant inheritance. Prion diseases belong to group of progressive conditions that affect the nervous system in humans and animals. Fatal familial insomnia is characterized by insomnia with or without a diurnal dreaming state, hallucinations, delirium, and dysautonomia preceding motor and cognitive deterioration.. To date, there is no treatment of the underlying pathological mechanisms of the disease. The signs and symptoms typically begin in adulthood and lead to death within 6 to 32 months.Fatal familial insomnia is a prion disorder showing
Last updated: 7/26/2010
- Fatal Familial Insomnia. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM). 2010; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/omim/600072. Accessed 7/26/2010.
- Prion disease. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). 2007; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/prion-disease. Accessed 7/26/2010.
- Brande JP. Fatal familial insomnia. Orphanet. August 2004; http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?Lng=EN&Expert=466. Accessed 7/26/2010.
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