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Sleep Apnea may be a cause of Autism.
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Anon_10255 posted:
Undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea (SA) in infants may be a cause of autism. Repeated bouts of hypoxemia (low blood oxygen) from an obstructed airway during sleep has the potential of severely damaging the brain enough to cause changes in behavior and learning that have not yet been fully investigated. I submit that early screening and treatment of SA can potentially prevent this brain damage altogether.
It is also likely that children who already have autism and whose sleep test is positive for SA, will benefit significantly with the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment.
First, treatment will eliminate the adverse symptoms of hypoxemia and interrupted sleep. Second, the brain is better able to repair itself once hypoxemia is eliminated.
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