Gabapentin treatment in a child with delayed-onset hemichorea/hemiballismus

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Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology; Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Neurology



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Acetic Acids; Adolescent; Age of Onset; *Amines; Antiparkinson Agents; Basal Ganglia; Chorea; *Cyclohexanecarboxylic Acids; Diagnosis, Differential; Dyskinesias; Female; Humans; Neural Pathways; Stroke; Treatment Outcome; *gamma-Aminobutyric Acid


Cardiology | Pediatrics


A 13-year, 6-month-old female was evaluated for subacute onset of left-sided hemichorea/hemiballismus, with an old, right parietal, cortical, and subcortical stroke as the presumed cause. Treatment with gabapentin was initiated, with good results at 6-month follow-up. Discussion of the differential diagnosis and evaluation of delayed-onset movement disorders in children and the mechanism of action of gabapentin is included.

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Citation: Pediatr Neurol. 2000 Jan;22(1):68-71.

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