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J Pediatr. 1995 Nov;127(5):741-4.

Neurocognitive deficits in morbidly obese children with obstructive sleep apnea.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston 29425-0742, USA.


Neurocognitive abilities were measured in 14 morbidly obese children, five of whom had obstructive sleep apnea as determined by polysomnography. As in adults, children with obstructive sleep apnea had deficits in learning, memory, and vocabulary. Moreover, apneic/hypopneic events were inversely related to memory and learning performance among the entire sample.

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