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Probable causal link between epilepsy and sleep apnea: case report

DOI: 10.1590/S0004-282X2007000100034

Keywords: snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, epilepsy.

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patients with epilepsy were reported to have concomitant sleep apnea, but it has been rarely linked to the epilepsy itself. we present a case of a 28-year-old, obese man with secondary medically resistant partial complex epilepsy due to a brain trauma, with progressive snoring, and sleep agitation, apneas, and important daytime somnolence. it was noticed in the polysomnographic study that he had several sleep respiratory events, probably due both to the epileptic seizures and the sleep apnea syndrome as a co-morbidity. apnea and epilepsy will be discussed. a careful video-eeg-polysomnography study is important in evaluating refractory epileptic patients and/or epileptic patients with snoring.

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