SPECT during sleepwalking

Lancet. 2000 Aug 5;356(9228):484-5. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(00)02561-7.


Sleepwalking is a dissociation between body sleep and mind sleep. We report single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in a man with a history of sleepwalking. Our findings suggest that this dissociation arises from activation of thalamocingulate pathways and persisting deactivation of other thalamocortical arousal systems.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging*
  • Gyrus Cinguli / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polysomnography
  • Radiography
  • Somnambulism / diagnostic imaging*
  • Somnambulism / physiopathology
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon*