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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2017, Article ID 3280572, 5 pages
Case Report

Resolution of Periodic Breathing in a Child with Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

1Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
2Department of Pediatrics, Division of Respiratory Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
3Department of Pediatrics, Division of Cardiology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada

Correspondence should be addressed to Saadoun Bin-Hasan; moc.duolci@nasahnib.nuodaas

Received 28 May 2017; Revised 14 July 2017; Accepted 25 July 2017; Published 23 August 2017

Academic Editor: Hitoshi Horigome

Copyright © 2017 Saadoun Bin-Hasan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Central sleep apnea (CSA) and periodic breathing are unusual findings described in pediatric patients with congestive heart failure. However, CSA has not been reported in children with pulmonary hypertension. We hereby report on a 10-year-old girl with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension who had frequent central events in a periodic breathing fashion seen in her polysomnography, which was normalized following medical treatment leading to improvement of the pulmonary pressures.