Coprolalia and other coprophenomena

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Coprolalia has been a recognized symptom of Tourette syndrome from the first description of the syndrome. Copropraxia is seen less frequently and almost always occurs in association with coprolalia. Prevalence of coprolalia varies from 8% in primary pediatric practices to over 60% in tertiary referral centers. Coprolalia tends to peak in severity during adolescence and to wane during adulthood. The pathogenesis may be related to dysfunction of basal ganglionic and limbic mini-circuits. Coprolalia has also been seen in a variety of other neurologic disorders. Treatment is primarily pharmacologic with dopamine-blocking agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-308
Number of pages10
JournalNeurologic Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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