Acta Pediátrica de México (Aug 2014)

Apparent life threatening events (ALTE): diagnostic approach

  • Erick Manuel Toro-Monjaraz,
  • Eduardo Cázares-Ramírez

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 35, no. 4
pp. 338 – 350


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Apparent Life-Threatening Events (ALTE) are a form of clinical presen- tation of various problems or diseases in children under one year of age. A frequency of 0.6/1000 newborns is estimated. In Mexico, there is no known incidence, systematic approach or guidelines for hospital discharge, so we performed a literature review. Its etiology may be gastrointestinal, neurological, cardiovascular, metabolic, endocrine or-idiopathic. The detailed history and physical examination provide an outline to select the laboratory and imaging studies to perform.