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Tics 

Tics
Chapter:
Tics
Source:
Video Protocols and Techniques for Movement Disorders
Author(s):

Brandon R. Barton MD, MS

and Deborah A. Hall MD, PhD

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199948512.003.0014

Tics are repetitive, stereotyped sounds (vocal tics) or movements (motor tics). They may be simple or complex in nature, are often preceded by a premonitory urge, and are usually suppressible. The tic protocol is the shortest and least complicated of all video protocols. The videographer simply leaves the patient in the room alone, which frequently increases the presence of tics on the video as the patient no longer feels a need to suppress them in front of medical personel. Other movement disorders are rarely present, so observation alone is the highest-yield to capture the tics. Also included in this chapter are tips for taping small children, and discussing triggers of the tics.

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