Ondine's curse(redirected from Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome)
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a condition in which patients have lost autonomic control of respiration and become apneic upon falling asleep; it is due to lesions or surgery of the high spinal cord or brainstem; named after Ondine, a water nymph in Greek mythology who caused a mortal who loved her to sleep forever.
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(1) Primary alveolar (congenital central) hypoventilation (central apnoea)
(2) Sleep apnoea syndrome
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On·dine's curse(on-dēn' kŭrs)
Idiopathic central alveolar hypoventilation in which involuntary control of respiration is depressed, but voluntary control of ventilation is not impaired.
[Ondine, char. in play by J. Giraudoux, based on Undine, Ger. myth. char.]
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