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Can aspergers be inherited from a parent with tourette syndrome?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 17 years experience
Tourette & Aspergers: Due to the elusive genomic of both conditions, a concrete inheritance relationship has yet to be established. There is some evidence favoring a genetic link between tourette syndrome and autism. Since Asperger falls in the autism spectrum, a link is suggested. Genetic counseling can help one to gain a better understanding of these conditions.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
At least 5 genes: Are known to have mutations that produce overlapping clinical signs of both tourette syndrome & autistic spectrum disorder, the current diagnosis for autism, as & pdd-nos. See "copy repeat variants": https://sfari.Org/news-and-opinion/in-brief/2012/genetics-autism-tourette-syndrome-genes-overlap. About 22% of individuals with ASD have tics; of these, 11% have ts & 11% have chronic tic disorder.

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