Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can Apnea Cause Nighttime Seizures?

Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 11:36 AM

By Nick Tate

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Question: My son has had three seizures while sleeping. A nurse mentioned oxygen deprivation as a possible cause, but he does not snore. Could this be sleep apnea?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Nocturnal seizure activity is a serious matter that requires a consultation with a neurologist.

It’s hard to identify a cause from your brief description, but you should have him evaluated now to be sure that it is not due to a cardiac, pulmonary, infectious, toxic, or medication issue.
 
Without more information, I can’t tell if these are true seizures or pseudo-seizures. But sleep apnea is rarely a cause of seizure activity.

© 2014 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Ask Dr. Hibbert a question
Comments
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Find Your Condition
You May Also Like
Around the Web
Most Commented

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAXHEALTH.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved