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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Tourette Syndrome (Overview)

Tourette syndrome is a medical condition characterized by multiple motor and vocal tics, which are involuntary contractions of certain muscle groups.


Dr. William Goldie
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
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What causes people with tourette syndrome to shout out?

Dr. William Goldie
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
43 years in practice
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What causes people with tourette syndrome to shout out?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Tourette Syndrome (Overview)

Tourette syndrome is a medical condition characterized by multiple motor and vocal tics, which are involuntary contractions of certain muscle groups.


Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Can breath holding episodes be a symptom of tourette syndrome?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Can breath holding episodes be a symptom of tourette syndrome?

Can't see it: By definition Tourette behaviors are repetitive,brief,involuntary movements that can be influenced but not controlled by the patient. Breath-holding is not brief and remains under too much patient control to be considered Tourette like. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Megerian
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
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What are the symptoms of tourette syndrome?

Dr. Jonathan Megerian
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
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What are the symptoms of tourette syndrome?

Vocal and Motor Tics: Tourette's syndrome is a tic disorder that involves both motor (movement) and vocal tics. Tics are involuntary actions (vocal or movement) that occur mutliple times per day. Vocal tics can take the form of throat clearing, sounds or full words or phrases. Motor tics can be simple (shoulder shrug, forced eye blink) or complex (involving multiple muscle groups and a series of rapid movements). ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Board Certified, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
45 years in practice
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What are the different signs of tourette syndrome?

Dr. Johanna Fricke
Board Certified, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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Tics: Multiple motor tics & at least one vocal tic that have lasted for at least a year. If there were tic-free periods, they lasted no longer than two months. A triad of tics, adhd & obsessive-compulsive disorders is usually seen. Language-based learning disabilities, habit disorders & mood disorders are common. Autistic disorder can co-occur. ...Read more

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Dr. Cheryl Wilczak
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Can psychologists diagnose tourette syndrome and ocd?

Dr. Cheryl Wilczak
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
11 years in practice
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Can psychologists diagnose tourette syndrome and ocd?

Yes: Yes, a doctoral level psychologist can diagnose those disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Board Certified, Pediatrics
49 years in practice
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What are the tests for tourette syndrome?

Dr. Nela Cordero
Board Certified, Pediatrics
49 years in practice
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TOURETTE SYNDROME: Dx is clinical : facial grimacing, head jerking, blinking, simple tics tocomplex tics, vocal tics. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
45 years in practice
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How do I know if my son has tourette syndrome?

Dr. Carla Enriquez
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
45 years in practice
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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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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
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Is it important to treat tourette syndrome early?

Dr. Carla Enriquez
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
45 years in practice
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Is it important to treat tourette syndrome early?

Yes: It's best to diagnose and treat early for best results later on. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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Any treatment for tourette syndrome?

Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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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, tenex, and other medications that treat comorbid conditions such as OCD & adhd. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bauerschmidt
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
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Do they have a cure for tourette syndrome?

Dr. Mike Bauerschmidt
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
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Syndromes differ: As opposed to a disease where we understand some basic pathophysiology, a syndrome is a collection of symptoms for which there is no clear underlying mechanism. Therefore a "cure" is harder to come by. That said there is nothing that doesn't benefit from proper nutrition, a clean environment and balanced lifestyle. Check with an environmental or functional doctor near you. ...Read more

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