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Can a seizure cause asphyxia?

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A seizure can cause asphyxia in several ways. Epileptic seizures may make your breathing suddenly pause (also called apnea). This can lower oxygen in your body, increase carbon dioxide levels, and be life-threatening. Also, during a seizure, your body may move in such a way that your airway gets covered, blocking your breathing.

SOURCES:

Medscape: "Pathology of Asphyxial Death."

Mayo Clinic: "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning."

National Safety Council: "Choking Prevention and Rescue Tips."

The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention: Suffocation, Choking and Strangulation."

MedlinePlus: "Opioid Overdose."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Birth Asphyxia."

CDC: "Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on August 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Medscape: "Pathology of Asphyxial Death."

Mayo Clinic: "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning."

National Safety Council: "Choking Prevention and Rescue Tips."

The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention: Suffocation, Choking and Strangulation."

MedlinePlus: "Opioid Overdose."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Birth Asphyxia."

CDC: "Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on August 15, 2019

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