Echopraxia and self-injurious behavior in Tourette's syndrome. A case report

Marcelo L. Berthier, Victor M. Campos, Jaime Kulisevsky

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We report a patient with severe Tourette's syndrome, who developed self-injurious behavior, including maneuvers of self-attempted strangulation, eye injuries, and attempts to pull out the tongue, after watching similar violent scenes on television. This unusual behavior probably represents a form of stress-induced echopraxia and may be of importance for a better understanding of the phenomenology of self-injurious acts in Tourette's syndrome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-283
JournalNeuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1996


  • Echopraxia
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Self-injurious behavior
  • Tourette's syndrome


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