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Treatment-Emergent Central Sleep Apnea

What is Treatment-Emergent Central Sleep Apnea?

Treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, sometimes called complex central sleep apnea, is a type of sleep apnea found during a titration study. 

A titration study monitors breathing and sleep patterns, as well as oxygen levels, to help find the best air pressure to keep the airway open while sleeping. When the brain temporarily stops sending a message to the lungs to breathe, this is called central apnea. Your child may temporarily stop breathing (is not trying to breathe) followed by a large gasp of air. This occurs in all individuals from time-to-time. When central apnea happens more frequently during the titration study, treatment-emergent central sleep apnea can be diagnosed.

How should I care for my child?

A different type of continuous positive airway pressure (or CPAP) device may be needed to help your child sleep. If a different type of CPAP device is needed, it is usually just for a short-time.


This information is not specific to your child but provides general information. If you have any questions, please call your clinic.

Reviewed 10/18

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