My child cannot breathe while sleeping: A report of three cases and review

Won Hee Seo, Minkyu Park, So-Hee Eun, Seonkyeong Rhie, Dae-Jin Song, Kyu Young Chae

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Background: Sudden breath-holding episodes during sleep in young children are potentially related to sudden infant death syndrome and other life-threatening events. Additionally, these episodes can negatively affect child's growth and development. Case presentation: Here, we present 3 cases of preschool children with similar paroxysmal nocturnal waking events associated with choking that had different etiologies (nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy, nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux disease, and parasomnia, respectively). Conclusions: It is important to take into consideration the fact that breath spells during sleep can occur as a rare manifestation of parasomnia due to gastroesophageal reflux or as a symptom of nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy. Full video electroencephalography, polysomnography, and simultaneous gastric pH monitoring should be used for the differential diagnosis of sleep-related disorders, such as breath spells, in children.

Original languageEnglish
Article number169
JournalBMC Pediatrics
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 18

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Frontal Lobe Epilepsy
Parasomnias
Gastroesophageal Reflux
Sleep
Breath Holding
Sudden Infant Death
Polysomnography
Preschool Children
Airway Obstruction
Child Development
Growth and Development
Electroencephalography
Stomach
Differential Diagnosis

Keywords

  • Breath-holding spell
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Laryngospasm
  • Nocturnal seizure
  • Polysomnography
  • Sleep

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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My child cannot breathe while sleeping : A report of three cases and review. / Seo, Won Hee; Park, Minkyu; Eun, So-Hee; Rhie, Seonkyeong; Song, Dae-Jin; Chae, Kyu Young.

In: BMC Pediatrics, Vol. 17, No. 1, 169, 18.07.2017.

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