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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.


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What causes people with tourette syndrome to shout out?

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.


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Can breath holding episodes be a symptom of tourette syndrome?

Maybe: It helps to actually see the behavior/movement but in my clinical experience I have com across an individual who has unusual breath-holding that seems to fit the picture of a tic disorder like tourettes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tourette syndrome?

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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What are the different signs of tourette syndrome?

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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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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Any treatment for tourette syndrome?

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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Do they have a cure for tourette syndrome?

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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