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An unusual presentation of congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (Ondine's Curse)

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robert Bullock, Dr Kirstie Anderson



Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome is a rare illness, which classically presents in the neonatal period; newborns present with shallow breathing and cyanosis, without a physiological rise in breathing rate. Incidence has been estimated from 1 in 10 000 to 1 in 200 000 live births. This case report describes the case of a young man who was asymptomatic until his presentation in acute respiratory failure at the age of 36 years. This case is reported to highlight the importance of considering this treatable illness as a potential cause of collapse and respiratory failure in adults presenting to emergency departments.

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Author(s): Lovell BL, Bullock RE, Anderson KN

Publication type: Editorial

Publication status: Published

Journal: Emergency Medicine Journal

Year: 2010

Volume: 27

Issue: 3

Pages: 237-238

Print publication date: 01/03/2010

ISSN (print): 1472-0205

ISSN (electronic): 1472-0213

Publisher: BMJ Group


DOI: 10.1136/emj.2009.072215