Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
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ARAUJO, Maria Auxiliadora de Paiva et al. Sleep disorders frequency in post-polio syndrome patients caused by periodic limb movements. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 2010, vol.68, n.1, pp. 35-38. ISSN 0004-282X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-282X2010000100008.
Post-polio syndrome (PPS) in individuals with polio longer than 15 years is characterized by weakness and/or muscle fatigue, deficit of deglutition and breath and periodic limb movements (PLM) during sleep. We undertook a review of 99 patients with PPS, and assessed the frequency of PLM through polysomnographic recordings at our sleep disorders unit. The total number of PLM, total time of sleep (TTS), efficiency of sleep (EfS), awaking index (AI) and apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) were analyzed. Sixteen patients presented PLM in excess of 5 for the entire night. When comparing these with the group without PLM, a correlation was found (p=0.001). Significant difference was found for the correlation of the parameters: IAH, ID, TTS and EfS when compared the two groups. There is a close relationship between PPS and PLM.
Keywords : post-polio syndrome; , periodic limb movements; sleep disorder; polysomnography.