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apnea and seizures

can apnea be caused by seizures? If so what part of the brain would be responsible for them?
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Hello, Courtney.

It's possible the seizures are caused by Epilepsy.  If Epilepsy is ruled out and you have a diagnosis of sleep apnea, then yes - short drops in blood oxygen levels can cause seizures.  In epileptics, apnea can increase the number of seizures.    This quote is from wikipedia: Short of death, drops in blood oxygen may trigger seizures- even in the absence of epilepsy.  

The best thing to do is to talk to your doctor.  I don't know where in the process you are. Your doctor will probably refer you to a neurologist for the seizues and a pulmonologist/sleep specialist for the apnea.

Good luck!

Curt
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