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Apnea of Prematurity and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

  • Christian F. Poets


Apnea of prematurity (AOP) is a developmental and thus selfresolving disorder, which nonetheless can cause serious problems. Almost every infant born at less than 29 weeks gestation exhibits AOP. No study, however, has yet identified a threshold in either frequency or severity of accompanying bradycardia or hypoxemia above or below which there is an increased risk for neurodevelopmental impairment. Most even suggested that within the frequency and severity of AOP tolerated in their institution, there is little indication that AOP, by itself, leads to impaired neurodevelopment [1].


Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Cerebral Palsy Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Intermittent Hypoxia Respiratory Drive 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian F. Poets
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeonatologyTübingen University HospitalTübingenGermany

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