Neuropediatrics 1987; 18(4): 196-199
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1052479
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Night-to-Night Variability of Sleep Respiratory Pauses in Normal Infants

R.  Flores-Guevara1 , Véronique  Gourlet2 , M.  Stupfel2
  • 1INSERM U. 29, Centre de Recherche de Biologie du Développement Foetal et Néonatal, Hôpital Port-Royal, F-75014 Paris, France
  • 2INSERM U. 123, Physiopathological Mechanisms of Environmental Nuisances Research Group, F-78110 Le Vésinet, France
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19 March 2008 (online)


Pneumograms have been recorded for several (6-14) consecutive nights in 11 normal children aged 1-257 days. They enabled to assess greater or equal to 5 seconds respiratory pauses. No statistical differences were found between the number of respiratory pauses per hour recorded during subsequent nights on each subject. Statistically significant (p < 0.001) differences were found between the children either in the number of pauses or in their intervals. However, the experimental protocol does not allow to assess whether these discrepancies have a genetic, or maturational, or eventually an environmental origin.