Testing & Diagnosis for Apnea of Prematurity in Children

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Contact for the Center of Healthy Infant Lung Development


It is important to find out if your baby’s apnea is due primarily to prematurity or if it is caused by another problem. Your baby's physician will check many of her body systems to find out what might be causing the apnea. Diagnostic procedures may include:

  • physical examination
  • blood tests (to check for blood counts, oxygen level, electrolyte levels, and infection)
  • x-ray (to check for problems in the lungs, heart or gastrointestinal system)
  • apnea study - monitoring breathing effort, heart rate and oxygenation
  • T & C - What treatments are available for apnea of prematurity?
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