Monday, June 9, 2008

Experts Take a Closer Look at REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

In a clinical workshop taking place this morning at SLEEP 2008, co-chairs Dr. Carlos Schenck and Dr. Marco Zucconi, along with a faculty of experts, are presenting, “The Diagnosis of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder in the Sleep Lab: Clinical, Video and Polysomnographic Criteria.”

REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is a parasomnia that occurs when you act out vivid dreams as you sleep. These dreams are often filled with action and may even be violent, putting both the dreamer and bedpartner at risk of injury.

Schenck is credited with identifying RBD along with Dr. Mark Mahowald, his colleague at the University of Minnesota and the
Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. They published their findings in the article, “Chronic behavioral disorders of human REM sleep: a new category of parasomnia,” which appeared in the journal Sleep in 1986.

In 2002 Schenck and Mahowald published the article, “
REM sleep behavior disorder: clinical, developmental, and neuroscience perspectives 16 years after its formal identification in SLEEP.”

A clinical workshop is a forum for clinicians to review and discuss clinical challenges in sleep medicine, or to present and discuss controversial clinical topics and difficult clinical situations. Over the next three days there will be seven clinical workshops at SLEEP 2008.

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