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People with epilepsy may gain from sleep apnea treatment

It’s been used by many people to help ease sleep apnea, but new research suggests the CPAP mask may also help ease seizures in people with epilepsy.   CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) involves wearing an airflow mask over the nose or mouth each night, to help keep the back of the throat open for better breathing.

In Epilepsy, Sleep Apnea Can Be at Play Even When You Least Expect It

Case shows importance of sleep apnea screening in all epileptic patients By Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, DO, MS Presentation A 25-year-old man presented to Cleveland Clinic’s Epilepsy Center in 2002 with epileptic seizures occurring as frequently as once a day and convulsions occurring about once a week. Diagnosed with epilepsy at age 15, he had never been able to work outside the home or drive a car. The patient was evaluated at Cleveland Clinic for surgical therapy, as his seizures were not controlled by anti-epileptic medications (oxcarbazepine and levetiracetam, prescribed at another institution). Because we were unable to localize his seizures, he was not a candidate for resection. He did receive a vagus nerve stimulator (VNS), which also proved ineffective in controlling his seizures. Ev...

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