Sleep-Disordered Breathing among Newborns with Myelomeningocele

Renée A. Shellhaas, Payal V. Kenia, Fauziya Hassan, John D.E. Barks, Niko Kaciroti, Ronald D. Chervin

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In a matched cohort study, we report that the apnea-hypopnea index is significantly higher in neonates with myelomeningocele (34 ± 22) compared with age-matched controls (19 ± 11; P =.021). Assessment of newborns with myelomeningocele for sleep-disordered breathing may facilitate early treatment; the impact on long-term neurodevelopment is unknown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-247.e1
JournalJournal of Pediatrics
StatePublished - Mar 2018


  • central sleep apnea
  • neonatal
  • obstructive sleep apnea
  • polysomnography
  • spina bifida


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