BMJ volume 294, issue 6588, P1637-1641 1987 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.294.6588.1637 View full text
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D P Southall, V A Stebbens, S V Rees, M H Lang, J O Warner, E A Shinebourne

Abstract: AbstractRecurrent cyanotic episodes associated on some occasions with loss of consciousness due to cerebral hypoxia were investigated by long term tape recordings of breathing activity, oxygen saturation, air flow, electrocardiographic activity, and in some cases electroencephalographic activity. In 51 infants and children the mechanisms for the cyanotic episodes were identified (prolonged expiratory apnoea in 45, sleep related airway obstruction in three, seizure induced apnoea in one, behaviour induced apno…

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