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Pediatr Neurol. 2000 Jan;22(1):36-9.

Sleep apnea treatment improves seizure control in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

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  • 1Division of Neurology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.


Seizure disorder and sleep apnea are common chronic disorders in children, but the relationship between sleep apnea and seizure control has not been studied in the pediatric population. This retrospective review included nine children with neurodevelopmental disorders who had well-documented sleep apneic episodes and seizure disorders. Seizure frequency was reduced in five patients (56%) in the first 12 months after sleep apnea treatment without changes in their antiepileptic medications. Sleep apnea can be one of the seizure precipitants in children with epilepsy. This study indicates the importance of identifying sleep apnea when treating children with intractable epilepsy, particularly in those who are at high risk.

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