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May 1977

Tourette Syndrome: The Pediatric Perspective

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(5):531-534. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120180045008

• I report the clinical details of Tourette syndrome in 15 children. The condition typically starts at age 6 years with eye-blinking, and the child soon develops other tics and abnormal vocalizations. Coprolalia and echolalia occur but are infrequent. The average delay in correct diagnosis in this series was four years. Treatment with haloperidol produces a good or excellent response in three quarters of the patients. Many of the children have a history of encephalopathic events, "soft signs" on neurologic examination, and problems in school. Personal and social adjustment are generally good, however.

(Am J Dis Child 131:531-534, 1977).