Acta Scientific Neurology (ASNE) (ISSN: 2582-1121)

Case Vignette Volume 6 Issue 10

Tics, OCD and Epilepsy: To Lump or Split?

Aparna EG1, Biji Bahuleyan1, Sanu J Vincent1 and Ashalatha Radhakrishnan2*

1Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Centre, Medical Trust Hospital, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
2Professor and Head, Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Centre, Medical Trust Hospital, Ernakulam, Kerala, India

*Corresponding Author: Ashalatha Radhakrishnan, Professor and Head, Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Centre, Medical Trust Hospital, Ernakulam, Kerala, India.

Received: July 24, 2023; Published: September 20, 2023


In this report, we describe the case of a 21-year-old man with epilepsy, presenting with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and tics while on levetiracetam monotherapy. Diagnosis of tics in a person with epilepsy (PWE) is challenging and after a detailed evaluation, possibility of drug induced tics was considered. Both symptoms abated on stopping Levetiracetam therapy. Levetiracetam induced various behavioral side effects have been reported in both adult and pediatric patients, but OCD and tics are extremely rare and not known to many. The unique mechanism of action of Levetiracetam has been proposed as the possible explanation for these behavioral manifestations. At the same time there is literature evidence for use of Levetiracetam in Tics. We wish to emphasize on this double edged sword nature and give further insights into it.

Keywords: Tics; OCD; Epilepsy


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Citation: Ashalatha Radhakrishnan., et al. “Tics, OCD and Epilepsy: To Lump or Split?". Acta Scientific Neurology 6.10 (2023): 14-16.


Copyright: © 2023 Ashalatha Radhakrishnan., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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