Narcolepsy Diagnosis May Be Confounded by Marijuana Use; Screening Important

February 13, 2015 11:55 PM

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Narcolepsy Diagnosis May Be Confounded by Marijuana Use; Screening Important

A study published by researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, found 10% of adolescents sent to a sleep center for evaluation of excessive daytime sleepiness with testing results consistent with narcolepsy had urine drug screens positive for marijuana, confounding the results.

“Our findings highlight and support the important step of obtaining a urine drug screen, in any patients older than 13 years of age, before accepting test findings consistent with narcolepsy, prior to physicians confirming this diagnosis,” says Mark L. Splaingard, MD, director of the Sleep Disorders...

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