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is obscene language (coprolalia) a typical symptom of ts?

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Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Not common: Coprolalia is one of the more "flashy" symptoms of tourette syndrome (ts). When talk shows do episodes on ts, they always fill the stage with folks shouting spontaneous obscenities. However, in reality, coprolalia is a rather uncommon symptom of ts. Typical symptoms are sudden, involuntary movements and/or small vocalizations/noises. If you are worried about ts or tics your doctor can help.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
27 years experience Family Medicine
In some cases: Repeated, stereotypical movements called "tics" are typical in ts (tourette's syndrome). Some patients have a vocal component. Most of the time, the patient emits a simple sound. Some of the time the sound is a "curse" word.
Answered on Jan 5, 2012
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Rarely: In two years of attending a TS clinic during training and decades of following an occasional TS patient in my practice I never, ever heard one with coprolalia. It is occasionally mentioned in the literature and promoted in Hollywood's exploitation of the disease, but rarely seen. It would NEVER be considered typical.
Answered on Oct 25, 2017

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