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Tourette Syndrome And Tetrabenazine
Severe tic syndrome: Multiple tics associated with snorting, sniffing, involuntary vocalizations, and troublesome compulsive and aggressive impulses constitute the major features of gilles de la tourette syndrome. It is the rarest and most severe of the tic disorders that begins in childhood, usually as a simple tic. Hyperactivity and disorders of attention and perception are frequent. Intelligence does not decline.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Many things: Some studies show that 1/3 of tourette's is result of a strep infection in susceptible people called panda's. Other 2/3 occur in patients with a family history of anxiety, ocd, or tourette's. Occasionally, medications are involved. See my health guides for articles, resources & links for ts.
See a doctor: Tourette's disorder is a neurological condition that begins in childhood. Although there's no cure, you can live a normal life span with tourette syndrome, and many people with tourette syndrome don't need treatment when symptoms aren't troublesome. In troublesome cases, you'll need a physician to evaluate you for the available treatment options.
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.
Most don't: Inappropriate sexual behaviors would be very rare for somebody with tourette syndrome unless they had a second problem.
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
True evaluation.: Check out this video on youtube: http://youtu. Be/g7ke5d_115e.See 1 more doctor answer
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, (pimozide) tenex, and other medications that treat comorbid conditions such as OCD & adhd.
Brain disease: Ts is a neurobiologic condition involving the thalamus in the brain, caused by inheritance, but occasionally by panda's. It's main symptoms are complex (several muscle groups moving involuntarily to appease a sensory compulsion) tics or motor movements involving various body areas, including vocalizations (complex vocal motor tics).Occasionally ts is debilitating, but most often it's treatable.See 1 more doctor answer
Gene mapping in: Families with multi-generational GTS shows many mutant genes, alone or in combination, cause GTS. The complex patterns of inheritance & associated neuropsychiatric & neurodevelopmental disorders are on omim. Org/entry/137580? search=tourette%20gene&highlight=tourette%20gene. Until whole genome testing is affordable, a Chromosomal Microarray is the blood test most likely to detect GTS mutations.
Tourette Syndrome: Is an inheritable Neurodevelopmental Disorder, caused by gene mutations yet to be defined. Diagnostic criteria = multiple motor tics & at least 1 vocal tic for at least a year, with no tic-free period > 2 mos. It is often associated with ADHD, OCD & other anxiety disorders. It begins in childhood. See www. Tourettesyndrome. Net for complete information & tsa-usa. Org for resources & support.
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.
Do you mean your: Chronic motor &/or vocal tics have not responded to any medication prescribed by your neurologist or psychiatrist? Contact the Tourette Syndrome Association: tsa-usa. Org/aabout_tsa/aContactTSA. Htm. Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai & Weill Cornell SOM in NYC have TS centers of excellence. See http://www. Tsa-usa. Org/Medical/medical_main. Html for information on valid treatments vs. Chicanery.
Yes: If you are concerned about Tourette's, see your doctor. There are other types of tic disorders which may be very common, and may resolve on their own. Tourette's is a particular type of tic disorder which also involves involuntary vocalizations.
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.