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New Suspected Narcolepsy Cases in Finland

About ten new suspected cases of swine flu vaccine-related narcolepsy have been reported in Finland. The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) says that altogether 69 suspected cases of narcolepsy or cataplexy have been reported.

Pandemrix-rokotetta sisältävä purkki.
Image: YLE / Tuuli Liekari

The diagnoses for seven of those patients are still in process.

Cataplexy is a severe muscle weakness that can lead to a complete collapse up to 20-30 times a day.

The THL has received 900 complaints regarding the Pandemrix vaccine by Wednesday. Of these, 182 have been classified as serious. Serious cases are those that demand hospital treatment, are life-threatening or could lead to death. The classification for those cases may yet change, since some patient data is missing.

Sources: YLE

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