A possible post-streptococcal movement disorder with chorea and tics

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1990 Jul;32(7):642-4.


A 14-year-old girl developed a movement disorder after a streptococcal infection. In the acute phase of the illness she exhibited simple and complex motor tics and chorea, but all abnormal movements ceased over the following eight months, without recurrence. This case raises questions about the relationship between tics, chorea and auto-immune reactivity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Chorea / etiology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Penicillins / therapeutic use
  • Pharyngitis / complications*
  • Pharyngitis / drug therapy
  • Streptococcal Infections / complications*
  • Streptococcal Infections / drug therapy
  • Tourette Syndrome / etiology*


  • Penicillins