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Can breath holding episodes be a symptom of tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Maybe: It helps to actually see the behavior/movement but in my clinical experience I have com across an individual who has unusual breath-holding that seems to fit the picture of a tic disorder like tourettes.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Can't see it: By definition Tourette behaviors are repetitive,brief,involuntary movements that can be influenced but not controlled by the patient. Breath-holding is not brief and remains under too much patient control to be considered Tourette like.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it possible that breath holding be a symptom of tourette syndrome?

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Dr. James Wells
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Perhaps: There have been many reports of people with tourette's having breath-holding episodes. It is my understanding that tourette's is frequently associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder(ocd); and compulsive, breath-holding is sometimes a part of ocd. So whether due to tourette's or ocd i cannot say, but there certainly may be an indirect connection if not directly due to tourette's.

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