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Anxiety and Stress Disorders (Children)

Simple Motor Tic

04/08/2008

Question:

My oldest son has a simple motor tic (eye rolling), is it likely that his two younger brothers will also develop a tic?

Answer:

Simple tics as you describe are quite common in childhood (10% of the population) the likelihood that younger siblings will also develop a tic while increased above the general population is still exceedingly low.

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Response by:

Floyd R Sallee, MD
Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati