WHAT IS KLEINE-LEVIN SYNDROME?So very occasionally they appear in the news or a television program on rare diseases: Teenagers who spend 20 hours a day sleeping. It is not about lazy teenagers, but for patients who have the syndrome Kleine-Levin. What is that?
Already in 1862 the French physician and psychiatrist Briere de Boismont described the first cases of what would later be called Kleine-Levin syndrome. Early 20th century doctors gathered more information about the mysterious disease. Little did report on patients who suffered from recurrent hypersomnia . Levin added that they were not only very sleepy, but also had extreme hunger.