Postgrad Med J 64:281-282 doi:10.1136/pgmj.64.750.281
  • Research Article

Abdominal epilepsy misdiagnosed as psychogenic pain.

  1. P. D. Singhi,
  2. S. Kaur
  1. Department of Pediatrics, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.


      The authors present the case report of a child with abdominal epilepsy who had suffered from abdominal pain for several months under the label of psychogenic pain. The important historical clues were pallor and cold sweating during the paroxysm, followed by lethargy and prolonged sleep. An abnormal electroencephalogram and a remarkable response to anticovulsants confirmed the diagnosis. This condition must be considered in a child with undiagnosed recurrent abdominal pain.