Seizures-like symptoms in an African child with life-threatening severe upper respiratory tract obstruction

Marco Zaffanello, Emma Gasperi, Paolo Biban, Luigi Lubrano, Elena Fiorini, Giorgio Piacentini


Obstructive sleep apneas are characterized by episodes of complete or partial upper airway obstruction during sleep. Symptoms and signs are associated with sleep-related breathing disorders. Sometimes it can be clinically difficult to distinguish abnormal events related to sleep disorders from seizures. We report herein the case of a child with seizures-like symptoms during sleep. Epilepsy was excluded and symptomatology was referred to life-threatening upper respiratory obstruction from tonsils and adenoids hypertrophy that required persistent intubation before surgical removal.


seizures-like symptoms; obstructive sleep apnea; upper respiratory tract obstruction; limited channel polysomnography

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