Arch Dis Child 81:440-441 doi:10.1136/adc.81.5.440
  • Original article

Parent perceptions of symptom severity in Tourette’s syndrome

  1. J M Dooley,
  2. P M Brna,
  3. K E Gordon
  1. Division of Pediatric Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, The IWK-Grace Health Centre and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3G9, Canada
  1. Dr Dooley email: jdooley{at}
  • Accepted 20 July 1999


The families of 66 consecutive children with Tourette’s syndrome were surveyed for their perception of symptom significance using a questionnaire. Families considered attention deficit and learning difficulties to be most significant, while motor and vocal tics were least important. When present, episodic rage was the most impairing symptom. Physicians must be aware of the significance of these comorbid symptoms for patients with Tourette’s syndrome.