Constant repetition of habitual movements that are uncalled for are tics or habit spasms. When these disorders involve the facial structures, they are referred to as facial tics. These may occur as spasms about the eye or may involve the tongue face and jaw. Sometimes, these tics may be associated with involuntary vocalization, snorting, and aggressive impulses as occurs in Gilles De La Tourette syndrome.
Causes of Facial Tics
No specific cause for facial tics has been established.
Signs and Symptoms of Facial Tics
Facial tics may include spasms of the eyes. This may progress to persistent spasms that make it difficult to keep the eyes open. Retraction of the lips, opening of the jaw, protrusion of the tongue, and pursing of the lips may occur. When associated with Gilles De La Tourette syndrome, sniffling, snorting, sexual or aggressive behavior, and involuntary vocalization may occur.
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