Which clinical history findings are characteristic of abnormal breathing during sleep in childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary E Cataletto, MD; Chief Editor: Denise Serebrisky, MD  more...
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Parents should describe their child's breathing in detail. Some children snore loudly and have audible intermittent gasps. Some demonstrate paradoxical chest and abdominal wall movements, labored breathing with retractions, cyanosis, sweating, and restlessness. Often, children prefer sleeping in unusual positions, with their head and neck extended and their mouth wide open.


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