Ondine's curse

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Ondine's curse

 [on´dēnz]
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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A popular term for
(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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Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome may present late with hypoventilation following general anesthesia and difficult recovery requiring invasive ventilatory support.
CONGENITAL central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) is also known as Ondine's Curse, named after a mythological water nymph Ondine who was punished by the gods after falling in love with a knight by being condemned to stay awake in order to breathe.
Five days after he was born, in May 2003, bubbly Sam was diagnosed with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CHHS).
Sam Cross, from Pontprennau, Cardiff, was the first child in Wales to be born with Congenital Central Hypoventilation syndrome, a rare neurological condition which affects his breathing.
Maryann needs round-the-clock care, even when she is sleeping, as the congenital central hypoventilation syndrome she suffers from means she could stop breathing at any moment.
Her son Samuel, six, spent nine-months in the University Hospital ofWales suffering with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome, where his body forgets to breathe, especially at night.
CONGENITAL central hypoventilation syndrome is a rare neurological disorder.

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