Tardive dyskinesia

Tardive Dyskinesia Diagnosis in Infants and Children

Reglan Drug Injury

Diagnosing tardive dyskinesia (TD) in infants and children is difficult, as the condition is often confused with cerebral palsy. Infants with a Reglan® movement disorder may arch their necks and backs or have spasms and seizures. They also may move their legs in a continual circular motion (similar to cycling). Children with TD may suffer repetitive movements of the mouth or arms.

A doctor must make the diagnosis after performing extensive medical tests, such as blood tests to check electrolyte levels and blood chemistry. CT scans of the head may also be required in addition to a thorough review of the child’s medical history.

Infant and Children Symptoms

Parents who think their infant or child may have TD can look for the following symptoms:

  • back and neck arching
  • boxing arm movements
  • cycling leg movements
  • gait disturbance (difficulty walking)
  • general motor restlessness
  • hypertonia (abnormally tense muscles and reduced ability to stretch muscles)
  • seizures
  • spasms

Many Reglan and tardive dyskinesia lawsuits have been filed as a result of these side effects.

Tardive Dyskinesia Treatment

Unfortunately, TD is not easily treatable, so most doctors focus on the prevention of the condition. This involves discontinuing or reducing the use of the drug causing tardive dyskinesia. One study showed minimal improvement in TD victims treated with a specific form of vitamin E (called alpha-tocopherol), but unfortunately there is not a simple, effective solution for people suffering from serious cases of Reglan-related tardive dyskinesia.