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what causes tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Gene mapping in : families with multi-generational GTS shows many mutant genes, alone or in combination, cause GTS. The complex patterns of inheritance & associated neuropsychiatric & neurodevelopmental disorders are on omim.org/entry/137580?search=tourette%20gene&highlight=tourette%20gene.Until whole genome testing is affordable,a Chromosomal Microarray is the blood test most likely to detect GTS mutations.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Brain disease: Ts is a neurobiologic condition involving the thalamus in the brain, caused by inheritance, but occasionally by panda's. It's main symptoms are complex(several muscle groups moving involuntarily to appease a sensory compulsion) tics or motor movements involving various body areas, including vocalizations (complex vocal motor tics).Occasionally ts is debilitating, but most often it's treatable.
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What are the symptoms of tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 39 years experience
Severe tic syndrome: Multiple tics associated with snorting, sniffing, involuntary vocalizations, and troublesome compulsive and aggressive impulses constitute the major features of gilles de la tourette syndrome. It is the rarest and most severe of the tic disorders that begins in childhood, usually as a simple tic. Hyperactivity and disorders of attention and perception are frequent. Intelligence does not decline.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What actually causes somebody to get tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Many things: Some studies show that 1/3 of tourette's is result of a strep infection in susceptible people called panda's. Other 2/3 occur in patients with a family history of anxiety, ocd, or tourette's. Occasionally, medications are involved. See my health guides for articles, resources & links for ts.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Any treatment for tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Tourette: Most cases are mild & require no medications, can benefit from reassurance & psychobehavioral therapy (cognitive therapy, biofeedback) & education. Medications that are helpful for tics are; clonidine, orap, (pimozide) tenex, and other medications that treat comorbid conditions such as OCD & adhd.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What causes people with tourette syndrome to shout out?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Tics: Patients with tourette have uncontrolled motor movements. When this involves the diaphram and chest it can cause barking, grunting, and expression of words. Often other motor behaviors are also occurring with head, face, throat, and neck involvement. This can be very disruptive and embarrassing. However, many learn to control and manage this even without the need for medication.

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