The Curious Case of Abdominal Dyskinesia: the Philippines’ First Reported Case

  • Theodore Joseph J. Ablaza University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital
  • Rhea Angela M. Salonga-Quimpo
Keywords: neurology, movement disorder, abdominal dyskinesia


This is a case of a 7-year-old Filipino female who presented with undulating movements of the abdomen that occur only while awake, following the initiation of treatment for clinically diagnosed pulmonary tuberculosis. Systemic physical examination was normal. The neurological examination was also unremarkable. The 2-hr video EEG showed no electroencephalographic changes or ictal pattern correlating with the abdominal dyskinesia, highly suggesting a movement disorder. Craniospinal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with Gadolinium showed typical results. The patient responded to the trial of carbamazepine after three weeks of treatment with complete resolution of abdominal dyskinesia.

Reaserch Materials - Video showing the undulating abdominal movements. The patient was awake and fully aware of the movements.

Author Biography

Rhea Angela M. Salonga-Quimpo

Department of Neurosciences, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Neurology, Philippine General Hospital, Manila City, Philippines