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>Journals >Cirugía y Cirujanos >Year 2005, Issue 4


Collado-Corona MA, Loredo-Abdalá A, Serrano-Morales JL, Shkurovich-Bialik P, Shkurovich-Zaslavsky M, Arch-Tirado E
Sleep alterations in childhood victims of sexual and physical abuse
Cir Cir 2005; 73 (4)

Language: Español
References: 21
Page: 297-301
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ABSTRACT

Introduction: The abused child syndrome is related to a variety of emotional disorders, among which are the “post-traumatic stress syndrome” and the phenomena “re-experience,” which is related to disturbances of the normal sleep-wake cycle.
Objective: To determine the polysomnographic characteristics of the abused child syndrome and compare them with paired healthy children.
Material and methods: After two-night habituation, all-night video-digital polygraphic recordings following recommendations of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology were performed in 15 abused child syndrome and 15 healthy controls.
Results: In the abused child syndrome patients, the main sleep changes were decreased sleep efficiency, decreased sleep onset sleep latency, increased wakefulness, decreased REM sleep and total sleep time.
Conclusions: The abused child syndrome have abnormal sleep patterns, independent of the type of abuse, age or sex. Sleep alterations are a new characteristic of the abused child syndrome, not previously described.


Key words: sleep, abused child syndrome, physical abuse, polysomnography.


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