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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 60-61

Sleep paralysis in a 76-year-old male

Department of Psychiatry, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Avinash Desousa
Carmel, 18, St. Francis Road, Off SV Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai - 400 054, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/jgmh.jgmh_7_20

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We present herewith a case of sleep paralysis (SP) which entails a transient, generalized inability to move or speak and that usually seen during the patient's transitions between sleep and wakefulness. We report a case of a 76-year-old man with recurrent SP in the absence of any other psychiatric disorder. The patient sought help after over 2 years of symptoms as he thought that the symptoms were part of dreaming during sleep. SP is seen in conjunction with multiple psychiatric disorders, and the symptoms may mimic them, thereby confounding the diagnosis. SP with onset in old age is rare and is the highlight of this case report.

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