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Filler Christmas 2012: Research

A shaggy dog story

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 13 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7751
  1. Olivier Le Bon, head of department of psychiatry1,
  2. Paul Linkowski, head of department of psychiatry2
  1. 1Université Libre de Bruxelles, Hôpital Tivoli, Laboratoire de recherches psychiatriques ULB, La Louvière, Belgium
  2. 2Université Libre de Bruxelles, Hôpital Erasme, Laboratoire de recherches psychiatriques ULB, Bruxelles, Belgium
  1. olebon{at}

Our 35 year old patient has severe excessive daytime sleepiness, resulting from a combination of narcolepsy, sleep apnoea, and hypopnea syndrome. She also had bipolar disorder and a body mass index of 34. Sleep attacks occurred three to six times a day. When she was depressed, she slept up to 16 hours a day.

Until recently, this severe sleepiness considerably hampered her social life …

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