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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


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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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Would an in-lab overnight assessment for sleep apnea also identify seizures during sleep, if they were occurring?

Would an in-lab overnight assessment for sleep apnea also identify seizures during sleep, if they were occurring?

sleep study: An overnight supervised sleep study would monitor all vital signs including oxygen levels and would make note of any seizures as well as brain activity. ...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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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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What are the best hospitals for the treatment of central hypoventilation, central sleep apnea, pathologic hypersomnia, seizures?

What are the best hospitals for the treatment of central hypoventilation, central sleep apnea, pathologic hypersomnia, seizures?

MANY CHOICES: Consider some of the best facilities for respiratory problems. National jewish hospital is ranked #1 by usnwr, but you could receive amazing care at johns hopkins hospital, mass general, mayo clinic, ucla, or a number of other academic centers. ...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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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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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping 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


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more