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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 460-461

An unusual startling


1 Department of Paediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of Nursing, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria

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Ibrahim Aliyu
Department of Paediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.168599

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Hyperekplexia is a rare movement disorder, which is mostly of genetic origin; though acquired cases are rarely reported. This disorder is characterized by excessive startling response to external stimuli; this can be disenabling, affecting quality-of-life. Furthermore, it can easily be mistaken for an epileptic disorder. Therefore, the case of a 10-year-old boy who presented with excessive startling shortly after been treated for cerebral malaria is reported; the patient responded to carbamazepine and was discharged home afterward.


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