A 32-year-old male asked:
what is the definition or description of: apnea?
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Dr. William Culviner answered
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Apnea: This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central and obstructive in nature.
Answered on Dec 19, 2016
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