Arch Dis Child 64:357-359 doi:10.1136/adc.64.3.357
  • Research Article

Seizures presenting as apnoea.

  1. Y Navelet,
  2. C Wood,
  3. I Robieux,
  4. M Tardieu
  1. Service d'Explorations Fonctionnelles du Système Nerveux, Centre Hospitalier de Bicêtre, France.


      Between the ages of 3 and 6 months a baby boy presented with repeated, non-specific episodes of cyanosis, apnoea, bradycardia, and abnormal movements of the limbs. The episodes were severe and required resuscitation and several admissions to hospital. Initial investigations showed only signs of oesophagitis. Despite treatment of the oesophagitis the symptoms recurred, and electroencephalography and polygraphy eventually showed evidence of minor seizures. Severe epilepsy with tonic-clonic seizures developed when he was 6 months old.