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AAN 2021 | Unmet needs in Tourette’s syndrome: predicting symptom persistence

The severity of tics associated with Tourette’s syndrome is extensive in scope and a multidisciplinary approach to treatment is often required. Tamara Pringsheim, MD, FAAN, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada, shares her thoughts on important developments needed to make progress in the management of Tourette’s. Dr Pringsheim discusses the need for expanded access to behavioral therapy. The efficacy of comprehensive behavioral intervention is strongly evidenced by trial data and thus, its availability should be widespread. Dr Pringsheim also highlights the importance of identifying phenotypic characteristics in children presenting with tics that predict persistence versus resolution of symptoms to enable an appropriate level of intervention. This interview took place during the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 2021 Annual Meeting.