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Epileptic Disorders

The Educational Journal of the International League Against Epilepsy

Sandifer syndrome misdiagnosed as refractory partial seizures in an adult Volume 6, numéro 1, March 2004

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  • Sandifer syndrome misdiagnosed as refractory partial seizures in an adult
Auteurs
Comprehensive Epilepsy Programme, Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre. Department of Medicine (Neurology), University of Melbourne. Epilepsy Research Collaborative Centre, Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre Melbourne, Australia
  • Mots-clés : Sandifer syndrome, adult, partial seizure, gastro‐oesophageal reflux, oesophagitis
  • Page(s) : 49-50
  • Année de parution : 2004

We report a 27 year‐old man with intellectual disability and no prior history of seizures who presented with episodes of abdominal pain, head\eye version and unresponsiveness that were misdiagnosed and treated as partial seizures. Associated vomiting and haematemesis led to the correct diagnosis and treatment of reflux oesophagitis. The episodes immediately resolved and a diagnosis of Sandifer syndrome was made. This is only the second report of Sandifer syndrome in adult, a movement disorder of unknown mechanism that occurs almost exclusively in young children, often misdiagnosed as epilepsy or episodic dystonia. (Published with videosequences)