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Letter to the Editor

Quetiapine in Patients With Tourette’s Disorder: An Open-Label, Flexible-Dose Study

Jonas L. de Jonge, MA; Danielle C. Cath, MD, PhD; and Anton J. L. M. van Balkom, MD, PhD

Published: July 16, 2007

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Sir: Tourette’s disorder (TD), or Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome, is a neuropsychiatric disorder, usually starting in early childhood, characterized by multiple motor and vocal tics.

Although the etiology of TD remains largely unknown, it has been hypothesized that overactivity or hypersensitivity of the D2 receptors in the striatum plays a role.1 This hypothesis is consistent with the proved effectiveness of central D2-blocking agents like haloperidol and pimozide that decrease the intensity and frequency of tics in approximately 70% of the patients.’ ‹

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Volume: 68

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