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Apnea, Infantile

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Infantile Sleep Apnea

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Central Apnea
  • Diaphragmatic Apnea
  • Obstructive Apnea
  • Upper Airway Apnea
  • Mixed Apnea

General Discussion

Apnea is a term used to describe the temporary absence of spontaneous breathing. Infantile apnea occurs in children under the age of one year. Apnea may occur because of neurological impairment of the respiratory rhythm or obstruction of air flow through the air passages. The symptoms of infantile apnea include the stoppage of breathing during sleep, an abnormal bluish discoloration to the skin (cyanosis) and sometimes an unusually slow heartbeat (bradycardia). Infantile apnea may be related to some cases of sudden infant death syndrome. Episodes of apnea may decrease with age. However, several forms of adult sleep apnea also exist.

Resources

First Candle-SIDS Alliance

1314 Bedford Avenue

Suite 210

Baltimore, MD 21208

Tel: (800)221-7437

Email: info@firstcandle.org

Internet: http://www.firstcandle.org



American Sleep Association

1610 14th Street NW

Suite 300

Rochester, MN 55901

Tel: (507)287-6006

Fax: (507)287-6008

Email: asda@millcomm.com

Internet: http://www.sleepassociation.org/



Tri-State Sleep Disorders Center

1275 E. Kemper Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45246

Tel: (513)671-3101

Fax: (513)671-4159

Tel: (800)838-4322

TDD: (311)111-6111

Email: ggaz@tristatesleep.com

Internet: http://www.tristatesleep.com



American Sleep Apnea Association

6856 Eastern Ave NW

Suite 203

Washington, DC 20012

USA

Tel: (202)293-3650

Fax: (202)293-3656

Email: asaa@sleepapnea.org

Internet: http://www.sleepapnea.org



NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

P.O. Box 5801

Bethesda, MD 20824

Tel: (301)496-5751

Fax: (301)402-2186

Tel: (800)352-9424

TDD: (301)468-5981

Internet: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/



NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

31 Center Dr

Building 31, Room 2A32

MSC2425

Bethesda, MD 20892

Fax: (866)760-5947

Tel: (800)370-2943

TDD: (888)320-6942

Email: NICHDInformationResourceCenter@mail.nih.gov

Internet: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/



Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126

Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126

Tel: (301)251-4925

Fax: (301)251-4911

Tel: (888)205-2311

TDD: (888)205-3223

Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/



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Last Updated:  8/7/2007

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