Alternating hemiplegia of childhood: First South African case report and verapamil as a possible treatment option

S Afr Med J. 2019 Feb 26;109(3):152-153. doi: 10.7196/SAMJ.2019.v109i3.13757.


In this case report we describe a child with alternating hemiplegia of childhood, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder, and the effectiveness of an unconventional drug, verapamil, in treating this condition.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Calcium Channel Blockers / therapeutic use*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Hemiplegia / diagnosis
  • Hemiplegia / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • South Africa
  • Verapamil / therapeutic use*


  • Calcium Channel Blockers
  • Verapamil

Supplementary concepts

  • Alternating hemiplegia of childhood