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. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Inc.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental Neuroscience
- Clinical Neurology