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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Tourette Syndrome (Definition)

From the Tourette Association of America comes the following definition: “Tourette Syndrome is one type of Tic Disorder. Tics are involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations. They are the defining feature of a group of childhood-onset, neurodevelopmental conditions known collectively as Tic Disorders and individually as Tourette Syndrome, Chronic Tic Disorder (Motor or Vocal Type), and Provisional Tic Disorder. The three Tic Disorders are distinguished by the types of tics present (motor, vocal/ phonic, or both) and by the length of time that the tics have been present. Individuals with Tourette Syndrome (TS) have had at least two motor tics and at least one vocal/ phonic tic in some combination over the course of more than a year. By contrast, individuals with Chronic Tic Disorder have either motor tics or vocal tics that have been present for more than a year, and individuals with Provisional Tic Disorder have tics that have been present for less than a year”. Most state there is no cure but- As we learn more about the role of strep and other infections in Paediatric autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disease we must consider that every child with Tourette deserves an evaluation to rule out this treatable cause of illness. Review this site ...Read more


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Is carbamazepine used to treat tourette syndrome ? And why ?!

Is carbamazepine used to treat tourette syndrome  ? And why  ?!

Sometimes: This is a sodium channel blocker that is an anti-seizure but has an effect on other brain receptors. It can also increase amounts of serotonin, Dopamine and other neurotransmitters which may be why it is effective for the movements, mood and behavior disturbances associated with tourette. It is not the first choice however, and may even cause increase in tics. ...Read more

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How do I know if my son has tourette syndrome?

How do I know if my son has tourette syndrome?

Motor Movements: First are involuntary motor movements. If there are complex symphonies of movements (arms, head & shoulders moving in stylized fashion) then mm is more serious. If complex movements are above & below waist, it is more severe. Finally if vocalizations are included in the tic complex, you've reached maximum complexity. If these tics disrupt behavior it's more worrisome. See competent expert for dx. ...Read more

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Really scared of developing tourette syndrome, how do I get tested?

Tourette syndrome: Tourette syndrome, a condition of multiple tics changing in form and frequency, waxing and waning over time. The diagnosis is a clinical one. Consult a neurologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could educate people about tourette syndrome?

Compare to Seizures: One way to explain tourette's to folks you are around and interact with is to "compare" it to another neurologic disorder like seizure disorder. Make the analogy that you have movements that are beyond your control, they are involuntary, "like a seizure" Here is a good web link to share... http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tourette/detail_tourette.htm ...Read more

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Neurologists! ocd, tourette syndrome, migraines, what can I do?

Neurologists! ocd, tourette syndrome, migraines, what can I do?

OCD, tourette: Find good psychiatrist, the one that devotes a lot of times for each visit and doe not hurry you out, one that consciously follow up with response to therapy-medications and adjust meds gradually compared to ones that keep your meds from month to month. Migraine can be consequence from the pain of OCD (which is part of bigger entity of anxiety disorder). Need be very very very patient. Add yoga ++. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a minor case of tourette syndrome?

D/w your doctor: This is best discussed with your doctor. The guidelines for Tourettes recently changed. A summary is here: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/tourette/diagnosis.html ...Read more

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How would I know if I have tourette syndrome tic?

Severe worsening: Tic disorders are usually benign. In rare cases they can accumulate, involve vocalizations, disrupt social settings and worsen over more than a year. They are then referred to as tourette syndrome. This is named after gilles de la tourette who was a character in a french novel with similar features. This is rare and hard to manage. Tic disorders can respond to distraction and calming. ...Read more

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How could I tell my parents that I have tourette syndrome?

Honestly & Directly: Teh best way to tell your parents if thy have not seen it already is to be honest with them and tell them based on what you are experiencing that you believe that you have Tourette's. Togethr the family can handle the additonal assessment of this problem and posible treametn if tics are hurtfuly or severe. Simple motor tics, for example, happen suddenly and separately from other tics and involve just a few muscles. Some examples are eye blinking and grimacing. In contrast, complex motor tics usually involve more muscle groups. For example, someone might touch a body part or another person repeatedly. In rare cases, people with TS might have a tic that makes them harm themselves, such as head banging. ...Read more

Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more