Published: 2021-04-27

Peripheral tactile stimulation for intractable apnea of prematurity: a case report

Sriram Pothapregada, Umamaheswari K., Soumya Ram


Apnea of prematurity (AOP) is an extremely common problem in preterm babies. Several invasive and non-invasive methods of treatment have been studied. We present a novel non-invasive method of managing intractable apnea in preterm neonates.


Apnea, Prematurity, Tactile stimulation

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