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Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2013 Feb;19(1 Sleep Disorders):199-203. doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000427223.22963.d4.

Ethical considerations in REM sleep behavior disorder.

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  • 1Austin Neurology and Sleep Associates, 711-E1West 38th St, Austin, TX 78705, USA. svertrees@austinneurosleep.com

Abstract

A patient diagnosed with REM behavior sleep disorder (RBD) has as much as a 65% risk of developing an α-synucleinopathy. Currently, it is not possible to predict whether an individual will develop a disease, or, if so, which disease.The neurologist treating the patient must consider (1) the difference between disclosing a diagnosis and disclosing the risk of a diagnosis; (2) whether to disclose this risk to patients; and (3) if deciding to disclose the risk, the appropriate timing of such a conversation.

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