Premonitory sensory phenomenon in Tourette's syndrome.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We administered a questionnaire designed to probe for premonitory sensations associated with motor tics to 50 patients with Tourette's syndrome (TS). Premonitory sensations were reported by 46 (92%) patients, and the most common sensation was an urge to move and an impulse to tic ("had to do it"). Intensification of premonitory sensations, if prevented from performing a motor tic, was reported also in 37 patients (74%), 36 patients (72%) reported relief of premonitory sensations after performing the tic, and 27 of 40 (68%) described a motor tic as a voluntary motor response to an involuntary sensation, rather than a completely involuntary movement. The "just right" sensation correlated with the presence of co-morbid obsessive-compulsive disorder. We conclude that premonitory sensations are an important aspect of motor tics and some patients perceive motor tics as a voluntary movement in response to an involuntary sensation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kwak, C; Dat Vuong, K; Jankovic, J

Published Date

  • December 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1530 - 1533

PubMed ID

  • 14673893

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-3185

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/mds.10618


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States