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Touretts Syndrome

Touretts Syndrome

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Tourette Syndrome (TS

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Akaylah Hayes

What is Tourette's Syndrome?
Tourette Syndrome is a recognized medical condition, which is often inherited, but without a specific known cause. There are treatments, but there is no cure as with many chronic medical conditions. It is a very complex condition and can be described - with equal accuracy - as a movement disorder, and neurological condition, or a neuro-psychiatric condition. TS affects all aspects of life - education, relationships, and employ ability. Tourette's is defined as part of a spectrum of tic disorders, which includes transient and chronic tics.

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Who Named it?

In 1860 Brutus Gilles de la Tourette, a French physician and neurologist, performed a study of patients at the Salpêtrière Hospital, with the goal of defining an illness distinct from hysteria and from chorea.Now it was then called Tourettes Sybdrome.
Dr. Gilles de la Tourette

Inheritance and when it starts.
A person with Tourette's has about a 50% chance of passing the genes to one of his or her children. Gender appears to have a role in the expression of the genetic vulnerability; males are more likely than females to express tics. The exact cause of Tourette's is unknown, but it is well

established that both genetic and environmental factors are involved. Sometimes people can hold the tics in but eventually they'll come. The tics constantly change in number, frequency, severity and anatomical location. These changes are completely unpredictable and the person with TS has no control over them. Tics usually start in childhood around the age of 7 and are likely to have it throughout life, though the symptoms often decrease towards the end of adolescence.

Symptons and Medication
To tell if you had TS if you notice these things. Common Symptoms Eye blinking Facial Grimacing Shoulder Shrugging Head or Shoulder jerking. For medication they have naloperidol and pimozide, and clonicline. Clonicline treats tics. One that most people know is insulin, that helps calm the child down. One side effects that I found was weight gain. For education some kids should be put In special classes but for worse symptoms you would be in a whole different school. Sometimes people with TS require tutoring. Symptoms can also interfere with their ability to write. Complex Symptoms head twist hopping jumping twisting Vocal Symptoms throat-cleaning sniffling/snorting grunting blurting words phrases barking uttering swears

Resources
http://www.touretts-disorder.com/symtoms/symptons.html www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tourette/detail_tourette.htm http://health.jacksonsun.com/conditionFactsheet.aspx?id=230 &pg=2 HBO family special “I Have Tourette's but Tourette's dont have me!” www.tsa-usa.org/medical/glossary.htm

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