Sandifer’s Syndrome

What is Sandifers Syndrome?

Sandifers Syndrome is commonly mistaken as a seizure. Associated with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). This syndrome has very few cases reported. It is said to occur in less than 1% of children diagnosed with GORD.

Children diagnosed with Sandifers Syndrome will quite often grow out of it by 18-36mths, unless the child has severe mental impairment or similar conditions, in which case the child may continue to have spasms into adolescence. Typically, Sandifers Syndrome is not life threatening.

The spasms may occur shortly after feeding, which can help give a clue to diagnosis of Sandifer’s Syndrome rather than a seizure.

Signs and symptoms:

The child’s head and neck may rotate to one side and the legs and feet to the other. Commonly the child will arch their back, and stretch out. The child will look stiff and may have periods crying, less commonly they may also go very quiet.

These spasms may last for 1-3 minutes.

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