Abdominal epilepsy in a Nigerian child: A case report

Garba Mohammed Ashir, Alhaji Mohammed Arab, Mustapha Modu Gofama, Ibrahim Bello Abdullahi, Nwaizu C Azuka


Abdominal epilepsy is an exceptionally rare cause of abdominal pain that’s more likely to occur in children. We report a child with episodic paroxysmal abdominal pain, accompanied by flatulence, neck pain tiredness and bilateral lower limbs weakness. Physical examination was normal expect for hyper pigmented spots. Blood analysis, X ray examinations, ultrasound and barium studies of the abdomen did not show evidence of pathology. The electroencephalogram (EEG) showed temporal lobe dysrhythmia during typical attack. We started treatment with carbamazepine and the patient has remained asymptomatic during the last six months, while taking her treatment regularly.

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Alhaji Mohammed Arab, university of maiduguri

Mustapha Modu Gofama, University of Maiduguri

Ibrahim Bello Abdullahi, Federal medical center azare

Nwaizu C Azuka, FMC Azare

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abdomonal epilepsy, child, EEG

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South African Journal of Child Health 2009;3(3):96.

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Date submitted: 2009-05-12
Date published: 2009-11-09

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