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Kleine-Levin syndrome[klīn´ĕ lev´in]
episodic periods of excessive sleep and overeating lasting for several weeks, usually in adolescent boys.
Kleine-Le·vin syn·drome(klīn lĕ-vin'), [MIM*148840]
a rare form of periodic hypersomnia associated with bulimia, occurring in males aged 10-25 years, characterized by periods of ravenous appetite alternating with prolonged sleep up to 18 hours and behavioral disturbances, impaired thought processes, and hallucinations. Acute illness or fatigue may precede an episode. Occurence up to several times a year.
Etymology: Willi Kleine, German psychiatrist, 1879-1961; Max Levin, Russian-born American neurologist, 1901-1974
a disorder of unknown cause often associated with psychotic conditions that is characterized by episodic sleep, abnormal hunger, and hyperactivity. The episodes of sleep may last for several hours or days and are followed by confusion on awakening. There is no specific treatment. Compare narcolepsy.
Kleine-Levin syndromePsychiatry Periodic episodes of hypersomnia; first seen in adolescence, usually in boys, and accompanied by bulimia.
A disorder that occurs primarily in young males, three or four times a year. The syndrome is marked by episodes of hypersomnia, hypersexual behavior, and excessive eating.
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Kleine,Willi, 20th century German neuropsychiatrist.
Kleine-Levin syndrome - a rare form of periodic hypersomnia associated with bulimia, behavioral disturbances, impaired thought processes, and hallucinations.
Levin,Max, U.S. neurologist, 1901–.
Kleine-Levin syndrome - see under Kleine
Kleine-Le·vin syn·drome(klīn lĕ-vin sindrōm) [MIM*148840]
Periodic hypersomnia associated with bulimia, occurring in males aged 10-25 years.