Sleep-related laryngospasm.

F. S. Aloe, Michael J. Thorpy

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Abstract

Seven patients (mean age 46.6; range 33-58; 6M,1F) presented with sleep-related choking episodes and were found to have features in common that distinguished them from other known causes of choking episodes during sleep. The characteristic features include: an awakening from sleep with an acute choking sensation, stridor, panic, tachycardia, short duration of episode (less than 60 seconds), infrequent episodes (typically less than 1 per month), and absence of any known etiology. The disorder most commonly occurs in middle-aged males who are otherwise healthy. In one patient an episode of laryngospasm was polysomnographically documented to occur during stage 3. The clinical features and the polysomnographic findings suggest spasm of the vocal cords of unknown etiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-52
Number of pages7
JournalArquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
Volume53
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Laryngismus
Airway Obstruction
Sleep
Panic
Vocal Cords
Respiratory Sounds
Spasm
Tachycardia

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Sleep-related laryngospasm. / Aloe, F. S.; Thorpy, Michael J.

In: Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria, Vol. 53, No. 1, 03.1995, p. 46-52.

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Aloe, FS & Thorpy, MJ 1995, 'Sleep-related laryngospasm.', Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 46-52.
Aloe, F. S. ; Thorpy, Michael J. / Sleep-related laryngospasm. In: Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria. 1995 ; Vol. 53, No. 1. pp. 46-52.
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