Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tourette's Syndrome Tics

Tics are involuntary, sudden movements or sounds. Usually, the movements are brief, but occur often. A person may be able to suppress tics for a brief period. Ticks are spontaneous and unpredictable. They are usually made worse by stress.

Symptoms of motor tics include:

  • Shoulder shrug
  • Eye blink
  • Head twitch
  • Facial grimace

Symptoms of complex motor tics include:
  • Jumping
  • Kicking
  • Wiping the face
  • Obscene gestures

Symptoms of common vocal tics include:
  • Throat clearing
  • Grunting
  • Snorting
  • Barking
  • Squeaking

Symptoms of complex vocal tics include:
  • Repetition of words or phrases
  • Involuntary repetition of someone else's words
  • Obscenities

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Last Updated: Jul 10, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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