What is tardive tourettism?

Updated: Oct 17, 2018
  • Author: James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Tardive tourettism resembles Tourette syndrome [44] and presents during or after treatment with dopamine antagonists. Typically, it begins in individuals older than 21 years, whereas Tourette syndrome commonly presents by the age of 7 years. Tardive tourettism is characterized by frequent, multiple motor and vocal tics, echolalia, echopraxia, coprolalia, and copropraxia. Tics may be suppressed temporarily while inner tension builds; this inner tension is relieved by an explosion of tics. Tardive tourettism may occur with other TDs.


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