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Pediatric presentations of sleep disorders differ from adult presentations, making diagnosis challenging. Specific clinical syndromes, such as cataplexy in children with narcolepsy type 1, can have altogether different presentations compared to adult-onset symptoms, contributing to diagnostic delays and potential misdiagnoses. Therapeutic delays can turn into dramatic consequences; pediatric narcolepsy limits daily activities because of excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy, leads to poor performance in school, and produces difficulty in social interactions. Treatment of narcolepsy in children consists of behavioral interventions and pharmacologic therapy. In this program, pediatric sleep disorder experts will describe best practices in diagnosis and treatment of narcolepsy. Case presentations will illustrate how to overcome barriers in diagnosis and outline treatment strategies to optimize outcomes.
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