1Centro per la Medicina del Sonno Pediatrica e per la SIDS, Pediatria Universitaria 1; 2Azienda Ospedaliera Città della Salute
e delle Scienze, Torino
3Pediatra di libera scelta, ASL TO4, Chivasso (Torino)
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Key words: Apparent life-threatening event (ALTE), Management of ALTE in children
“Infants with an apparent life-threatening event (ALTE) present to medical attention because of an acute and unexpected change in behaviour that alarmed the care giver. The initial episodes can occur during sleep, awake, or feeding. They are most commonly described as some combination of apnoea, colour change (cyanotic or pallid, occasionally plethor), marked change in muscle tone (limpness, rarely rigidity), choking or gagging. In most cases the observers reported that the episode appeared potentially life-threatening or they thought the infant had died, and that a prompt intervention was associated with normalisation of the child’s appearance. In some cases, the episode was of short duration and resolved spontaneously” (Kahn A; European Society for the Study and Prevention of Infant Death. Recommended clinical evaluation of infants with an apparet life-threatening event. Consensus document of the European Society for the Study and Prevention of Infant Death, 2003. Eur J Pediatr 2004;163:108-15).
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