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Psychol Med. 1989 Aug;19(3):611-25.

Self-injurious behaviour and the Gilles de la Tourette syndrome: a clinical study and review of the literature.

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Department of Psychiatry, University College, Middlesex Hospital, School of Medicine, London.

Abstract

Thirty (33%) of 90 patients with the Gilles de la Tourette syndrome exhibited self-injurious behaviour. Fourteen were head bangers, of whom two had cavum septum pellucidum. Clinical correlates of self-injury were the severity of Gilles de la Tourette syndrome symptoms and psychopathology, with special reference to obsessionality and hostility. We discuss an additional patient who died from a subdural haematoma as a result of head banging, and three who had permanent vision impairment from self inflicted eye injuries.

PMID:
2678199
DOI:
10.1017/s0033291700024211
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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