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There is recent evidence of deficits in praxis in patients with primary dystonia. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been linked to disorders of higher-order motor function, such as dystonia. However, no clear mechanism underlying such a relationship has been found. This pilot study aimed to identify whether patients with OCD might also show deficits in praxis. Patients with OCD were compared with healthy volunteers on a meaningless gesture imitation task. Patients showed significantly lower scores in this task. Further studies are needed to elucidate the nature of patients' deficits in praxis. This might reveal similar mechanisms underlying OCD and some types of movement disorders.

Original publication




Journal article


J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci

Publication Date





232 - 235


Adult, Case-Control Studies, Extremities, Female, Gestures, Humans, Imitative Behavior, Male, Middle Aged, Movement Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Severity of Illness Index, Statistics, Nonparametric, Young Adult