Epilepsy and sleep apnea syndrome

  title={Epilepsy and sleep apnea syndrome},
  author={O. Devinsky and B. Ehrenberg and G. Barthlen and H. S. Abramson and D. Luciano},
  pages={2060 - 2060}
  • O. Devinsky, B. Ehrenberg, +2 authors D. Luciano
  • Published 1994
  • Medicine
  • Neurology
  • We identified seven patients with refractory partial epilepsy and sleep apnea. Treatment of the sleep apnea with nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), protriptyline, trazodone, acetazolamide, or tracheostomy reduced seizure frequency and severity in six patients. Success with CPAP depended largely on compliance. Four of five patients had a clear reduction in seizure frequency with the use of CPAP. Sleep apnea may exacerbate epilepsy by causing sleep disruption and deprivation… CONTINUE READING
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