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Risk Factors for Narcolepsy

A risk factor makes the chances of getting narcolepsy higher. You can have it with or without any of those listed below. But, the more risks you have, the higher your chances.

It’s most common in people aged 10-20 years old. It’s also more likely in people with:

  • Certain genes
  • Family members with the same problems
  • A history of certain strep infections
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Narcolepsy. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116132/Narcolepsy. Updated November 14, 2017. Accessed September 5, 2018.

Narcolepsy fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Narcolepsy-Fact-Sheet. Updated July 6, 2018. Accessed September 5, 2018.

Chen L, Fong SY, Lam CW, et al. The familial risk and HLA susceptibility among narcolepsy patients in Hong Kong, Chinese. Sleep. 2007;30(7):851-858.

Last reviewed May 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD  Last Updated: 9/5/2018