Polysomnographic study of sleeplessness and oneiricisms in the alcohol withdrawal syndrome

Giuseppe Plazzi, Pasquale Montagna, Stefano Meletti, Elio Lugaresi

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We describe a polysomnographic observation of the acute phase of the alcohol withdrawal syndrome, characterized by an alteration of the sleep-wake cycle and by the absence of non-rapid eye movement sleep. An atypical transitional state between rapid eye movement sleep and wake with hallucinations and enacting-dream behaviors represented the sole sleep pattern. Analogies of alcohol withdrawal syndrome with fatal familial insomnia and Morvan's fibrillary chorea suggest a common pathophysiological mechanism in these conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-282
Number of pages4
JournalSleep Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Alcohol withdrawal syndrome
  • Clonazepam
  • Fatal familial insomia
  • Morvan's fibrillary chorea
  • Oneiricism
  • Polysomnography
  • Rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder
  • Recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Dentistry(all)


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