Relationship Between Sleep-related Violence and NREM Parasomnia: A Case Report

Tutuncu M., Senel G. B., Zeydan B., Karadeniz D., Apaydin H.

JOURNAL OF TURKISH SLEEP MEDICINE-TURK UYKU TBB DERGISI, vol.5, no.2, pp.46-49, 2018 (ESCI) identifier


Parasomnia constitutes an important group among the situations that can lead to sleep-related violence scene. Parasomnia attacks are characterized by complex motor behaviors of various degrees, violent behaviors may result in life-threatening and rarely lethal conditions for patients and their relatives. Here is presented a patient with right temporoparietal bone fracture, pneumocephalus and hemotympanum in right ear due to head trauma during a parasomnia attack. The diagnosis could be made by a detailed history taking and polysomnography only after many other investigations. In this context, we aimed to emphasize that not only nocturnal epilepsies, especially frontal lobe epilepsies, but also parasomnia attacks should be kept in mind in differential diagnosis of sleep-related violence.