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Pediatric Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders: Advances in imaging and computational modeling.

  • Author(s): Davidson Ward, SL
  • Amin, R
  • Arens, R
  • Chen, Z
  • Davis, S
  • Gutmark, E
  • Superfine, R
  • Wong, B
  • Zdanski, C
  • Khoo, MCK
  • et al.

© 2010-2012 IEEE. We understand now that sleep of sufficient length and quality is required for good health. This is particularly true for infants and children, who have the added physiologic task of growth and development, as compared to their adult counterparts. Sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBDs) are common in childhood and if unrecognized and not treated can result in significant morbidity. For example, children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can exhibit behavioral, mood, and learning difficulties. If left untreated, alterations in the function of the autonomic nervous system and a chronic inflammatory state result, contributing to the risk of heart disease, stroke, glucose intolerance, and hypertension in adulthood.

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