Misdiagnosis due to gastrointestinal symptoms in an adolescent with probable autonomic status epilepticus and Panayiotopoulos syndrome

Ozkara C. , Benbir G. , Celik A. F.

EPILEPSY & BEHAVIOR, vol.14, no.4, pp.703-704, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2009.02.013
  • Title of Journal : EPILEPSY & BEHAVIOR
  • Page Numbers: pp.703-704


Panayiotopoulos syndrome is a common benign epilepsy affecting otherwise healthy children that present with autonomic seizures, in which nausea, retching, and vomiting are particularly common and prominent. Because of the unusual ictal symptoms and lengthy manifestations, misdiagnosis is a common major problem. We describe a young girl with intractable and lengthy vomiting attacks, several admissions to hospitals, and extensive gastroenterological workup for several years from early childhood. On all previous occasions the diagnosis varied from psychosomatic disease, to functional dyspepsia. to cyclic vomiting syndrome. The possibility of autonomic epileptic seizures and Panayiotopoulos syndrome, though likely, was not considered. (c) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.