breath-holding spell

breath-holding spell
sudden cessation of breathing with loss of consciousness, usually in a young child, often in reaction to an emotional trauma such as scolding or startle. The most common kind is the cyanotic breath-holding spell in which the child becomes cyanotic and may have clonic jerks and opisthotonos. A less common type is the pallid breath-holding spell, in which the child becomes pale and hypotonic and may have a tonic seizure.

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