Nasopharyngeal Reflux and Neonatal Apnea: Their Relationship

David T. Plaxico, Gerald M. Loughlin

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Although oropharyngeal dysfunction has been reported as a cause of dysphagia in newborns, to our knowledge oropharyngeal dysfunction and neonatal apnea have not been associated previously. We studied two infants in whom apnea and bradycardia developed primarily while feeding. The diagnosis was established by observation of the swallowing mechanism using cinefluoroscopy while the infant ingested a dilute barium meal. Thickened formula feedings and use of a special nipple resulted in complete cessation of apnea and bradycardia. Careful attention to the details that surround episodes of apnea is essential so that morbidity and mortality from treatable causes of apnea can be minimized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)793-794
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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