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    Apnea, Infantile

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    Synonyms

    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
    2105 Laurel Bush Road
    Suite 201
    Bel Air, MD 21015
    Tel: (443)640-1049
    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/

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

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    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 8/7/2007
    Copyright 1986, 1988, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2007 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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