Did this father's sleep apnea contribute to the inadvertent death of his infant son?

Mark Mahowald, Michel Cramer-Bornemann, Holly Hannon, Tariq Janjua, Constance Ullevig, Andrea Patterson

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Abstract

Sleepiness impairs memory and concentration. We report a case of a patient who inadvertently left his infant son in a car, having forgotten to drop him off at day care. The infant died of heat exposure. There is credible evidence that sleepiness from a combination of sleep deprivation and previously undiagnosed severe obstructive sleep apnea contributed to this tragedy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-370
Number of pages2
JournalSleep Medicine
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 29 2002

Keywords

  • Severe obstructive sleep apnea
  • Sleep deprivation

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