Diagnosis of apnea of prematurityDDiagnosis of apnea of prematurityDiagnosis of apnea of prematurityEnglishNeonatology;RespiratoryPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)LungsRespiratory systemNAPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZAndrew James, BSc, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC Aideen Moore, MD, FRCPC, MRCPI, MHSc11.000000000000044.0000000000000314.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about diagnosing apnea of prematurity. If breathing intervals between breaths extend for longer than 20 seconds, a baby is having apnea.</p><p>If a premature baby has breathing intervals between breaths that extend for longer than 20 seconds, the baby is having apnea. Diagnosis of apnea involves ruling out other possible conditions.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>If intervals between breaths extend for longer than 20 seconds, a baby is considered to be having apnea.</li> <li>Apnea can be a condition on its or it may be a symptom of other conditions.</li> <li>A diagnosis of apnea will attempt to rule out other possible conditions by conducting blood work, a head ultrasound and in some cases, a lumbar puncture.</li></ul>
Diagnostic de l’apnée de la prématuritéDDiagnostic de l’apnée de la prématuritéDiagnosis of apnea of prematurityFrenchNeonatology;RespiratoryPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)LungsRespiratory systemNAPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZAndrew James, BSc, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPCAideen Moore, MD, FRCPC, MRCPI, MHSc11.000000000000044.0000000000000314.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Renseignez-vous sur le diagnostic de l’apnée de la prématurité. Si les intervalles de respiration se prolongent à plus de 20 secondes, le bébé souffre d’apnée.</p><p>On considère qu’un bébé prématuré souffre d’apnée si les intervalles entre les respirations sont de plus de 20 secondes. Le diagnostic de l’apnée tentera d’exclure d’autres troubles possibles.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Si les intervalles entre les respirations durent plus de 20 secondes, on considère que le bébé souffre d’apnée. </li> <li>L’apnée peut être une maladie à part entière ou un symptôme d’autres conditions.</li> <li>Le diagnostic de l’apnée tentera d’exclure d’autres conditions possibles en effectuant des analyses de sang, une échographie transfontanelle et dans certains cas, une ponction lombaire.</li></ul>

 

 

Diagnosis of apnea of prematurity1816.00000000000Diagnosis of apnea of prematurityDiagnosis of apnea of prematurityDEnglishNeonatology;RespiratoryPremature;Newborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)LungsRespiratory systemNAPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-10-31T04:00:00ZAndrew James, BSc, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC Aideen Moore, MD, FRCPC, MRCPI, MHSc11.000000000000044.0000000000000314.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn about diagnosing apnea of prematurity. If breathing intervals between breaths extend for longer than 20 seconds, a baby is having apnea.</p><p>If a premature baby has breathing intervals between breaths that extend for longer than 20 seconds, the baby is having apnea. Diagnosis of apnea involves ruling out other possible conditions.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>If intervals between breaths extend for longer than 20 seconds, a baby is considered to be having apnea.</li> <li>Apnea can be a condition on its or it may be a symptom of other conditions.</li> <li>A diagnosis of apnea will attempt to rule out other possible conditions by conducting blood work, a head ultrasound and in some cases, a lumbar puncture.</li></ul><p>It is common for premature babies to have periodic breathing, that is, moments when the time between breaths is longer than what would normally be expected. If these intervals between breaths extend for longer than 20 seconds, the baby is considered to be having apnea. At times, these pauses are accompanied by a slowing of the heart rate, which is called bradycardia. Parents unused to these events can find them quite alarming. However, in most cases, apnea resolves itself with no harm done. </p> <p>Apnea can be a condition unto itself or it may be a symptom of other conditions. A baby with apnea will often have other complications, such as low blood sugar or infection. As these other conditions are treated, the apnea will disappear. </p> <p>Apnea is categorized in several ways:</p> <ul> <li>Central apnea has a primarily neurological cause: the part of the brain that controls the breathing mechanism is immature and not functioning properly. Usually, it is just a matter of time until the brain catches up and begins to regulate breathing properly. </li> <li>Obstructive apnea is caused by some blockage of the airway. Elimination of the blockage will reduce symptoms. </li> <li>Mixed apnea is a combination of both central and obstructive apnea. </li></ul> <h2>How apnea of prematurity is diagnosed</h2> <p>Because apnea can be a symptom of other conditions, a diagnosis will attempt to rule out these other possible conditions. Blood work will rule out infection, hypoglycemia, and metabolic disorders. A lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap, may be done to investigate the possibility of meningitis. A head ultrasound may be done to look for signs of intraventricular hemorrhage, which is bleeding into the ventricles of the brain. </p> <h4>More information</h4> <ul> <li><a href="/Article?contentid=1780&language=English">Apnea of Prematurity</a> </li> <li><a href="/Article?contentid=1847&language=English">Treatment of Apnea of Prematurity</a> </li></ul>Diagnosis of apnea of prematurity

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