New longitudinal study sheds light on the neurological consequences of narcolepsy with cataplexy. Childhood disease onset linked to faster cortical thinning.
Sleep scientists have long wondered about how narcolepsy progresses over time in the brain. Now a longitudinal study has recorded how structural changes manifest in the brain as people with narcolepsy age.
A team of researchers observed changes in 17 patients using MRI scans, in an about 5-year study looking at disease progression in narcolepsy patients’ brains, according to the journal Brain Imagining and Behavior.