Epidemiology of Tourette syndrome

Neurol Clin. 1997 May;15(2):395-402. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8619(05)70320-0.


The epidemiology of Tourette syndrome is difficult to characterize because there is no definitive diagnosis. Symptom intensity and frequency decrease with age and in social situations, and affected individuals are often unaware of their tics. This chapter reviews and summarizes current data on the prevalence, distribution, and risk factors for Tourette syndrome.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Tourette Syndrome / epidemiology*