Abdominal pain with rigidity secondary to the anti-emetic drug metoclopramide

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We report a case of abdominal pain with rigidity, mimicking an acute abdomen, caused by metoclopramide, a common anti-emetic drug. Extrapyramidal symptoms are commonly reported side-effects of this medication. They generally include involuntary movements of limbs, torticollis, oculogyric crisis, rhythmic protrusion of tongue, trismus, or dystonic reactions resembling tetanus, etc. Abdominal rigidity due to this medication, resembling an acute abdomen, has not been reported previously. This case report illustrates the importance of considering medication side-effects when evaluating a patient with abdominal pain and rigidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-413
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2006


  • abdominal pain
  • adverse drug effect
  • dystonia
  • extrapyramidal symptoms
  • metoclopramide


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