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J Korean Sleep Res Soc. 2009;6(1):18-23.         doi: https://doi.org/10.13078/jksrs.09005
REM sleep behavior disorder and neurodegenerative disorders
Sang-Myung Cheon
Department of Neurology, Dong-A University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea
Corresponding Author: Sang-Myung Cheon ,Tel: +82-51-240-5266, Fax: +82-51-244-8338, Email: smcheon@dau.ac.kr
Received: 14 June 2009;  Accepted: 26 June 2009.
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ABSTRACT
REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is characterized by dream-enacting violent behavior during REM sleep, which usually start at the age of older than 50. Patients with idiopathic RBD (IRBD) show various features similar to parkinsonian disorders and many of patients are known to be developing symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders in the course of disease. These close associations suggest that clinicians need to know the potential risk of developing parkinsonism and pay more attention to various features beyond sleep complaint when they manage the IRBD patient.
Keywords: REM sleep behavior disorder | Neurodegenerative | Parkinsonism
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