Three Cases of Palatal Tics and Gilles De La Tourette Syndrome

Renata Rizzo, Danielle Cath, Piero Pavone, Marina Tijssen, Mary M Robertson

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Abstract

Five patients with palatal tics and Gilles de la Tourette syndrome have been previously reported. Little is known about the characteristics of palatal tics given that there are so few reports. On one hand, palatal tics may be rare. Alternatively, they may be less well recognized than repetitive eye blinking or sniffing, which are both obvious and, therefore, more often reported. We describe 3 patients with palatal tics and Gilles de la Tourette syndrome. We also review the 5 patients reported in the literature and explore whether there are characteristic features among this group of 8 cases. The 8 patients had the following features: (1) Personal history of other multiple motor/vocal tics, (2) the presence of typical Gilles de la Tourette syndrome comorbidities, (3) positive family history of tics and/or Gilles de la Tourette syndrome comorbidities, (4) the presence of audible "ear clicks," (5) younger age at onset (2 years). We suggest that palatal tics are underreported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1199-1203
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Volume30
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

Keywords

  • Tourette
  • case reports
  • palatal movements
  • characteristics palatal tics
  • differential diagnosis

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