Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd 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

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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.

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