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Difficulty in moving body while sleeping, choking. Could this be small seizures?

My son is 18 years of age an when he is sleeping he feels he can t move his body also is choking. He has had a lot of these episodes that he can t breathe. I was wondering if maybe he has a small seizures during sleep because it takes one of us to hear him whisper sometimes when he says can t breathe. Making a gasping noise an for air.
Asked On : Sat, 12 Jan 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.
The most important condition to rule out in your son's case would be obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), where there is obstruction in the airway while sleeping, resulting in small periods of choking and inability to breathe. A sleep study (polysomnography) would help in this. EEG recording is also included in this study, which would also help in diagnosing any seizures.
Please get back if you require any additional information.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,
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Answered: Sun, 11 Aug 2013
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