Nervous System Case Study 1


A 35-year-old male was admitted to the hospital following a minor car accident.He was driving home and fell asleep at the wheel.This is the third accident he has had in the past year.He also falls asleep regularly at work, at the dinner table, at church,and in fact, anywhere.When he becomes excited or enraged, he suddenly becomes weak and falls.At night, he often has bizarre, terrifying dreams.During these dreams he feels as if he were paralyzed.


1.)    Describe how a nerve impulse is transmitted from one neuron to the next.


2.) Compare and contrast the structure and functions of the Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System.

3.) What is the probable diagnosis for this manís condition?


4.) What parts of the brain are affected?

5.)    What sleep state do these symptoms resemble?

6.)    What would an EEG look like during the sleep of this patient?

7.)    What type of treatments (physical or chemical) would you prescribe for the patient?