Why an asthma patient suddenly started 'belly dancing': case

High-dose salbutamol triggered involuntary myoclonus of his abdominal muscles, report Malaysian doctors

The use of high-dose salbutamol in ED led to a bizarre experience for one asthma patient, who developed 'belly dancer syndrome' — involuntary abdominal jerks — as a result, according to Malaysian doctors.

The man was prescribed a salbutamol metered-dose inhaler 1600µg rather than the usual nebuliser owing to COVID-19 pandemic protocols when he presented in ED, reported doctors from the Penang General Hospital and the University of Kebangsaan Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

But soon after he

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