Alternating hemiplegia of childhood is a rare syndrome characterized by frequent transient attacks of hemiplegia involving either side of the body, appearing before 18 months of age. We report on an 8-year-old girl, focusing especially on therapeutic aspects. We confirm the ineffectiveness of anticonvulsive and antimigrainous drugs and the efficacy of flunarizine in reducing the frequency and severity of hemiplegic attacks. Furthermore we report our experience in the rectal and oral administration of chloral hydrate and niaprazine respectively. If administered at the beginning of the attack, these drugs are effective in stopping hemiplegia.
|Translated title of the contribution||Alternating hemiplegia of childhood: Treatment of acute episodes|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Rivista Italiana di Pediatria|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health