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Apnea, Infantile


Synonyms of Apnea, Infantile
  • Infantile Sleep Apnea

Disorder Subdivisions

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

Organizations related to Apnea, Infantile
  • American Sleep Apnea Association
    1424 K Street NW
    Washington DC 20005
    Phone #: 202-293-3650
    800 #: --
    e-mail: asaa@sleepapnea.org
    Home page: http://www.sleepapnea.org
  • American Sleep Disorders Association
    1610 14th Street NW
    Rochester MN 55901
    Phone #: 507-287-6006
    800 #: --
    e-mail: asda@millcomm.com
    Home page: N/A
  • Center for Research in Sleep Disorders
    1275 East Kemper Rd.
    Cincinnati OH 45246
    Phone #: 513-671-3101
    800 #: --
    e-mail: ggaz@tristatesleep.com
    Home page: N/A
  • First Candle-SIDS Alliance
    1314 Bedford Avenue
    Baltimore MD 21208
    Phone #: 410-653-8226
    800 #: 800-221-7437
    e-mail: info@firstcandle.org
    Home page: http://www.firstcandle.org
  • NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    31 Center Dr
    Bethesda MD 20892
    Phone #: 301-496-5133
    800 #: --
    e-mail: N/A
    Home page: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    31 Center Drive
    Bethesda MD 20892-2540
    Phone #: 301-496-5751
    800 #: 800-352-9424
    e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
    Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/



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