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About this Series

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a medication-induced movement disorder characterized by abnormal, involuntary movements, particularly in the orofacial, lingual, and buccal regions. First-generation antipsychotics (typicals) are more likely to cause TD than are second-generation antipsychotics (atypicals); still, TD occurs in 20%-50% of patients taking antipsychotic medications.

TD can be debilitating and stigmatizing to patients by negatively affecting social interactions as well as efforts to gain employment or education. TD is frequently irreversible, but early detection can increase the possibility of remission in some patients.

In this series, movement disorder specialists in psychiatry and neurology at Case Western Reserve University Medical Center survey the latest screening and diagnostic strategies, and share their approach to long-term management of patients with chronic and irreversible TD.

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