Frequency and significance of vocalizations in sydenham's chorea

Antonio Lúcio de Teixeira, Francisco Cardoso, Débora P. Maia, Daniel R. Sacramento, Cleonice De Carvalho Coelho Mota, Zilda Maria Alves Meira, Andrew Lees

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Sydenham's chorea (SC) is a complication of Streptococcus infection characterized by a combination of motor and non-motor features. We have investigated the presence of vocalizations in 89 consecutive patients with SC evaluated during a one-year period in the UFMG Movement Disorders Clinic. Seven (4/3 M/F) of the 89 patients (29/60 M/F) presented with simple vocalizations not preceded by premonitory sensations but in association with facial chorea in five patients. These findings suggest that vocalizations are not a common feature in SC and their phenomenology is quite distinct from the characteristics of vocal tics in tic disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-63
Number of pages2
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Chorea
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Streptococcus
  • Sydenham's chorea
  • Tics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Neurology


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