A terrified and terrifying scream

Hrayr P. Attarian*

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This chapter discusses the case of a 48-year-old woman who was having episodes of sitting upright in bed, letting out a blood curdling scream and patting the bed with both hands, and often going back to sleep without realizing what had happened. It presents the clinical history, examination, follow-up, treatment, diagnosis, and the results of the procedures performed on the patient. The specialist ordered an MRI of the brainwith special thin cuts through the frontal and temporal lobes, and nocturnal polysomnography (PSG) with an additional all-night 16-channel EEG running concomitantly with the PSG. Based on the results of the studies, a diagnosis of sleep terrors or disorder of partial arousal was made. She was prescribed clonazepam 0.5mg and was urged to follow up with the behavior therapist. Six months later, her events were all well controlled by the behavioral therapy recommendation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCase Studies in Sleep Neurology
Subtitle of host publicationCommon and Uncommon Presentations
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780511902505
ISBN (Print)9780521146487
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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