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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

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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Does tourette syndrome worsen at the age of eighteen?

Usually, no.: Tourette's syndrome usually peaks in mid-adolescence and improves in the late teens and adulthood. 10-15% of affected individuals will continue to have symptoms into adulthood. ...Read more

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Can a person with tourette syndrome function properly in society?

Can a person with tourette syndrome function properly in society?

Yes: Like any other neurologic condition, proper evaluation, treatment , nutrition and sleep may help. ...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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Why are people with tourette syndrome often represented as having an uncontrollable need to swear?

Why are people with tourette syndrome often represented as having an uncontrollable need to swear?

Because coprolalia : is shocking, people tend to notice it. It's derived from Greek words for "dung" & " babble" because the obscenities are often scatalogical, related to feces. It is an obsessive-compulsive behavior found in 10-20% of kids & adults with Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome. Copropraxia , complex motor tics, are obscene or scatalogical gestures that occur in ~6% of people with GTS. ...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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Could motor and verbal tics be the only symptoms of tourette syndrome?

Main symptoms : These are the hallmark of tourette's and should be present before the age of 18. The tics ususally start very simple but may become more complicated. Most cases of tourrette's are mild and do not pose significant barriers to leading a productive life. There can be comorbid disorders like adhd, ocd, impulsivity or mood disorders. These other disorders often pose more of a problem than the tics. ...Read more

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Can aspergers be inherited from a parent with tourette syndrome?

Can aspergers be inherited from a parent with tourette syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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