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Apparent Life-Threatening Event

Alternate Names : Apnea Spell, Infant Apnea, Acute Life-Threatening Episode, ALTE

Apparent Life-Threatening Event | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

When an infant arrives at an emergency department, he or she may appear well or may appear extremely ill. The infant's caregiver can tell the doctors whatever symptoms have occurred. Symptoms of ALTE may include:

  • bluish lips, nail beds, and skin
  • coughing or choking
  • limpness or floppy muscles
  • a temporary stop in breathing
  • If there is an underlying illness causing the ALTE, other symptoms will often be present. These can vary widely. For example, the infant may have symptoms such as:

  • convulsions
  • fever
  • high-pitched cry
  • lethargy
  • rapid breathing or slow breathing
  • rapid, irregular, or slow heartbeat
  • vomiting

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    Apparent Life-Threatening Event: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Lama Rimawi, MD
    Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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