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narcolepsy | cataplexy | puberty

Narcolepsy-Cataplexy and Precocious Puberty May Be Linked

By: Regina Patrick, RPSGT
July 23rd, 2020

Scientists have noted that children with narcolepsy-cataplexy have an increased prevalence of overweight/obesity. More recent studies have linked narcolepsy-cataplexy with precocious puberty, and have indicated that the earlier the onset of narcolepsy-cataplexy in a child, the greater the risk of precocious puberty. Weight loss can occur after treating narcolepsy-cataplexy in children, but the extent that treating narcolepsy-cataplexy can reverse precocious puberty has not been examined in depth. Exactly how narcolepsy and precocious puberty are related is unclear but research studies have produced some interesting findings.

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