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Understanding Childhood Narcolepsy: Why itís more than just a Sleepy Child

Understanding Childhood Narcolepsy:
Why itís more than just a Sleepy Child

Date: February 1, 2018
Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM EST
Broadcasting live from:
Millennium Hotel Durham
Durham, NC

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Speaker:   Sujay Kansagra, MD
Director, Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Duke University Medical Center

Program Overview:
Narcolepsy is a lifelong neurologic disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and an imbalance in REM mediated sleep-wake physiology. This imbalance may lead to other signs of narcolepsy, including sleep paralysis, hypnogogic hallucinations, and cataplexy. Childhood onset of disease is common, with onset prior to 15 years of age in one-third of patients, and prior to 5 years of age in 5 percent.1 Despite early onset of symptoms, children often go undiagnosed and untreated for many years, with some studies indicated a median time to diagnosis as long as 10 years.2 Given the vital period for academic and personal development during childhood, a lack of timely diagnosis and treatment may translate into a lifetime of consequences, including poor academic achievement, obesity, social marginalization, and excessive dependency on caregivers. Clearly, the need to identify children early is vital in order to appropriately diagnose and treat narcolepsy.

Educational Objectives: 
Upon completion of this program, attendees should be able to:
  • Introduce the common clinical features of narcolepsy.
  • Discuss orexin/hypocretin pathways in relation to pathophysiology of narcolepsy.
  • Discuss common screen tools to help identify children with narcolepsy.
  • Review possible physical exam findings, such as buccofacial muscles involvement with jaw opening.
  • Help participants develop a diagnostic approach to narcolepsy and understand its limitations in pediatric age group.
  • Discuss best practices in treatment of narcolepsy with both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.

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    Target Audience:  This educational activity is intended for physicians, and other healthcare professionals involved in the management of children with narcolepsy.

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    Voxmedia LLC designates this live webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Nurse practitioners may participate in this educational activity and earn a certificate of completion as AANP accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM through its reciprocity agreements.

    The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

    Educational Grant: Voxmedia gratefully acknowledges the educational grant provided by Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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