June 1976

Complications of Obesity-Hypoventilation Syndrome in Childhood

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Pulmonary Diseases, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Rutgers Medical School, Piscataway.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(6):671-674. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120070097019

• The obesity-hypoventilation syndrome is rare in children, but it leads to serious complications and is associated with a high mortality. We report a child with this syndrome whose condition improved after intestinal bypass surgery. Review of the literature indicates that vigorous treatment of this disorder is necessary to prevent fatalities.

(Am J Dis Child 130:671-674, 1976)