Two case reports: night terrors with sleepwalking--a potentially lethal disorder

J Nerv Ment Dis. 1983 Aug;171(8):503-5.


Two cases of severe night terrors with sleepwalking in adults are described. In one of these, an episode resulted in three deaths; in the other, there was serious concern of death and bodily harm. Both men were employed, married, and functioning well without serious psychopathology. Neither could be given a definite DSM-III diagnosis, though both had some features of compulsive personality disorder. Both improved considerably with treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / complications*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / psychology
  • Somnambulism / complications*