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Can sleep apnea induce seizures in a non epileptic patient?

Can sleep apnea induce seizures in a non epileptic patient?

Unlikely: Highly unlikely but in a patient with known seizure activity.. Sleep apnea can make the seizure activity worse. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more


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I just had a sleep study that revealed bad sleep apnea. Also it said that i had epileptic seizures in my brain. What does that mean?

I just had a sleep study that revealed bad sleep apnea.  Also it said that i had epileptic seizures in my brain.  What does that mean?

Must seek treatment: Often epilepsy and obstructive sleep apnea (osa) go hand in hand. Sleep problems are a double-edged sword; epilepsy disturbs sleep and sleep deprivation aggravates epilepsy. People who experience involuntary movement while they sleep tend to wake up tired and without energy in the morning. Deprivation of sleep over prolonged periods of time can cause cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular beating. ...Read more

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Why can't we take tramadol when we have sleep apnea induced asthma and a seizure disorder? WHat can happen if we take the max of 4 tramadol???????????

Why can't we take tramadol when we have sleep apnea induced asthma and a seizure disorder? WHat can happen if we take the max of 4 tramadol???????????

3 points of interest: 1. Unresolved infection at the occiput makes sleep apnea more significant. 2. Frequently seizures are the result of stage 2 Lyme disease. 3. Every significant case of asthma tests positive for mold toxicity. in my clinical experience. Specialized urine testing to diagnose mold toxins ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea common in epileptics and if so, which type?

Is sleep apnea common in epileptics and if so, which type?

Sleep apnea: There is little causal relationship between having epilepsy and sleep apnea. Epilepsy usually implies an anatomical or electrical problem in the brain, whereas sleep apnea usually implies an obstructive process of the upper airway. ...Read more

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How do I know if it's sleep apnea or having mini seizures?

How do I know if it's sleep apnea or having mini seizures?

Apnea or seizures: A sleep study (psg) will give you the answer you want. See a sleep physician who can order the test and interpret the results. ...Read more

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Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Yes and no: Patients who have epilepsy and seizure activity and have obstructive apnea can see an increase in seizure activity if the apnea is untreated. ...Read more

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I heard that if you have sleep apnea you will more than likely have a seizure? Or a stroke if not treated I have had several seizures and one stroke.

I heard that if you have sleep apnea you will more than likely have a seizure? Or a stroke if not treated I have had several seizures and one stroke.

Treat sleep apnea: The standard therapy involves a C-PAP unit, but some custom dental splints work in many. Yes, sleep apnea does provide a risk, and needs focused intervention. But also, you should be taking anti-epileptic meds, and stroke preventatives. See a neurologist and address all of this ...Read more

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Neurologist thinks sleep apnea caused my mom's seizure. Does this seem reasonable? Neurologists and pathologists only please

Neurologist thinks sleep apnea caused my mom's seizure. Does this seem reasonable? Neurologists and pathologists only please

Maybe: I could not find information that linked sleep apnea to being the only cause of seizures. But it has been reported to worsen seizure activity that might have been caused by a stroke, scar or other cause. It also has been reported that seizures at nite during sleep might be misdiagnosed as sleep apnea. In any case both issues need to be evaluated and treated by an experienced specialists. ...Read more

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What should I do about my husband's mood swings , short term memory loss from being on topiramate and having sleep apnea and grand mall seizures?

What should I do about my husband's mood swings , short term memory loss from being on topiramate and having sleep apnea and grand mall seizures?

Very complicated : Phenobarbital can worsen sleep apnea. Topiramate and Phenobarbital and sleep apnea can all affect memory loss. Keppra, (levetiracetam) topiramate, and phenobarbital, do not prevent mood swings. Keppra, (levetiracetam) in fact, could cause profound suicidal depression with and without hallucinations. Basically, it sounds like your husband's care is being managed by a neurologist and you need to get a psychiatrist involved and also a sleep medicine specialist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am an epileptic patient and wanted to know whether too much exposure to heat can trigger a seizure in me as i get an attack only during sleep?

I am an epileptic patient and wanted to know whether too much exposure to heat can trigger a seizure in me as i get an attack only during sleep?

Not huge issue: Unless the heat exposure caused dehydration and loss of electrolytes, there would be no triggering of epileptic events. You most likely will continue a pattern of exclusively nocturnal events, but make sure you are taking an anti-epileptic drug to control future triggers. ...Read more

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Jerky movements with sleep apena or seizure?

Jerky movements with sleep apena or seizure?

Can't tell: It would be difficult to say without conducting a full clinical interview and then possibly having to do a full overnight polysomnogram. Please discuss this with your family doctor or sleep physician and they will make arrangements to come up with the proper diagnosis for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I m an epileptic patient .my dose is epival clonatril topiro from childhood till continued what should i do for permanent cure for epilepsy seizures.

I m an epileptic patient .my dose is epival clonatril topiro from childhood till continued what should i do for permanent cure for epilepsy seizures.

Please rephrase: My apologies but I'm not understanding your question. I am a neurologist so would love to help. Please think of another way to come at your quesiton. I'm not even able to really approximate what you're trying to ask. If you're seizures are not adequately responding to multiple medications and your neurologist has tried all possible combos then, perhaps surgery is what you may wish to consider. ...Read more

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Can one be diagnosed with epilepsy after one seizure in their sleep to later find out they had a wrong diagnosis even though 1 EEG was positive .1 neg?

Can one be diagnosed with epilepsy after one seizure in their sleep to later find out they had a wrong diagnosis even though 1 EEG was positive .1 neg?

Common question: Epilepsy is a clinical condition of a risk for recurrent seizures. A single seizure is not epilepsy. Eeg does not diagnose epilepsy. It is a tool used by an experienced neurologist to help with clinical decision making. The diagnosis of epilepsy is a clinical decision based on thorough evaluation of many factors. Some use the concept of increased risk or low seizure threshold. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy, but my doctor prescribed me seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep. Why would he if seroquel (quetiapine) causes seizures?

I have epilepsy, but my doctor prescribed me seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep. Why would he if seroquel (quetiapine) causes seizures?

?: Only thing i can think of is that he feels lack of restorative sleep is a major risk factor triggering your seizures, so quieting down your frontal brain lobe and improving your sleep quality will decrease your seizure episodes and their severity. You need to have this conversation with your doctor and a neurologist. ...Read more

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Is it advisable to extract the front teeth of patients with epilepsy/seizures?

Is it advisable to extract the front teeth of patients with epilepsy/seizures?

No: They still need to function and they still need to maintain confidence they already have a compromised life style, i don't think it has to be compounded. You she never put anything in their mouth during the seizure any way. Trauma to tissues can be managed afterward. Ask the patient if thats what they want. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if somebody has seizures during sleep, is it epilepsy or partial epilepsy?

Epilepsy: Partial epilepsy merely describes a focal onset event, and repetitive seizures of any type need to be treated. See a neurologist and get started. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

A condition in which you stop breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more