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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 123-125

Somnambulism: Diagnosis and treatment

Department of Psychiatry, Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Suresh Kumar
Department of Psychiatry Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.33261

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Somnambulism is an arousal disorder that is usually benign, self-limited and only infrequently requires treatment. Chronic sleepwalking in children has been shown to be associated with behavioral problems and poor emotional regulation. Most cases can be diagnosed with careful noting of case history and epilepsy is an important differential diagnosis. Management with pharmacological and behavioural measures is usually safe and effective. We present two cases of somnambulism that highlight the importance of the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.



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