Apnea events in neonatal age: A case report and literature review.

Giovanni Corsello, Giovanna Vitaliti, Stefano Catanzaro, Carla Cimino, Stefano Catanzaro, Raffaele Falsaperla, Raffaele Falsaperla

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BACKGROUND:Among the most common autonomic signs visible in preterm neonates, apnea can represent the first sign of several neurologic and non-neurologic disorders, and seizure is a relatively infrequent cause. Herein authors present a case of neonatal autonomic apnea, discussing the polygraphic video-EEG features of this pathological entity and the differential diagnosis with central apnea and autonomic apnea.CASE REPORT:A female preterm Caucasian infant (29 + 4 weeks' gestational age (GA)), first twin of a twin pregnancy, at birth was intubated and surfactant administration was performed. She was ventilated via invasive ventilation for three days, with subsequent weaning with non-invasive ventilation for other two days, when she stopped requiring any ventilator support. After one week the ventilation weaning, the child presented episodes of cyanosis associated with sudden oxygen desaturation, skin pallor, apnea, and bradycardia. Therefore, the child underwent a continuous video-eeg recording with polygraphic study. The exam showed the presence of apneic episodes with an abrupt and clear start, associated with oxygen desaturation at 70%, with minimal thoracic effort at onset, and then evolving into central apnea. Central apnea lasted about 16 s and presented clear start- and end-points. These episodes were also associated with suppression of the EEG trace in frequency and amplitude, and after about 10 s of central apnea an abrupt decrease of the child's heart rate (more than 50% variation, from 160 bpm to 65 bpm) was recorded. In the suspect of epileptic apneas of autonomic origin, a therapy with oral Levetiracetam, at a starting dose of 10 mg/Kg/day, then increased up to 40 mg/Kg/day, was initiated, and after about 48 h the first administration of the anticonvulsant therapy, no new episodes of cyanosis or electrical apneas were recorded.HYPOTHESIS:Herein the authors suggest to consider the diagnosis of autonomic seizures in those neonates with apneic events associated with EEG suppression. Considering that apnea events are not only present in preterm infants but also in term neonates, it is mandatory to diagnose in this context neonatal seizures for a correct diagnosis and a proper therapeutic choice.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine5
RivistaMedical Hypotheses
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2019

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