Phenomenology of Tics

  • Steven J. FruchtEmail author
  • Pichet Termsarasab


Tics are the most common hyperkinetic movement disorder, although they often are unrecognized. Motor and vocal tics are often accompanied by neurobehavioral features such as anxiety, attention deficit disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Management of tic disorders requires a thorough understanding of the role of comorbidities in affecting patients’ quality of life.


Motor tics Vocal tics Coprolalia Tic status 

Supplementary material

Video 6.1

The video montage on tics is divided into five sections: simple and complex motor tics; vocal tics and Tourette’s syndrome; unusual tics; isolated stereotypies; and tic emergencies (MP4 2740531 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Movement DisordersNew York University Grossman School of Medicine, The Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders, NYU Langone HealthNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Division of Neurology, Faculty of MedicineRamathibodi Hospital, Mahidol UniversityBangkokThailand

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