Severe Neurological Complications Associated With Tourette Syndrome

Amy L. Patterson, Asim Choudhri, Masanori Igarashi, Kathryn McVicar, Namrata Shah, Robin Morgan

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Background Tics and Tourette syndrome are common problems evaluated by both the general pediatrician and pediatric neurologist. The common comorbidities of tics are well known, but the severe neurological complications are rare and may not be appreciated. Methods This is a retrospective case series and literature review. Results We present here four adolescents with Tourette syndrome who had severe neurological complications secondary to motor tics. We provide the history, neurological examination, and radiological findings in addition to a review of previously reported cases of vascular and cervical cord complications associated with violent motor tics. Conclusions We highlight the importance of recognizing the presenting signs of these complications early and the need to vigorously treat violent motor tics to prevent significant neurological complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-106
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric Neurology
Volume61
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StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology

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Severe Neurological Complications Associated With Tourette Syndrome. / Patterson, Amy L.; Choudhri, Asim; Igarashi, Masanori; McVicar, Kathryn; Shah, Namrata; Morgan, Robin.

In: Pediatric Neurology, Vol. 61, 01.08.2016, p. 99-106.

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Patterson, Amy L. ; Choudhri, Asim ; Igarashi, Masanori ; McVicar, Kathryn ; Shah, Namrata ; Morgan, Robin. / Severe Neurological Complications Associated With Tourette Syndrome. In: Pediatric Neurology. 2016 ; Vol. 61. pp. 99-106.
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