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Categories of breathing abnormalities in Rett syndrome

The Apneustic Breathers

These are patients with Rett syndrome who take in air but fail to breathe out regularly. There are three types of breathing abnormalities in this category. They are long breath holds, repeated short breath holds and protracted inspirations. This breathing category responds to drug treatment. (Click here to see a Rett girl perform a long breath hold)

This graph was recorded using the NeuroScopeT system
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to see the graph of the Apneustic type of breathing.


:: The Apneustic Breathers

:: The Forceful Breathers

:: Valsalva's type of breathing

:: The Feeble Breathers

Julu, P.O.O (2001). The central autonomic disturbance in Rett syndrome. In: Kerr, A. and Witt Engerstrom, I (eds) Rett Disorder and the Developing Brain. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp132-181.
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