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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Did you know what Tourette Syndrome is?

Did you know what Tourette Syndrome is?

Tourette syndrome simply called Tourette's or TS is an inheritedneuropsychiatric disorder with onset in childhood, characterized by multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal (phonic) tic; these tics characteristically wax and wane. Tourette's is defined as part of a spectrum of tic disorders, which includes transient and chronic tics.

Did you know that Tourette's was once considered a rare and bizarre syndrome? Tourette is often associated with the exclamation of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks (coprolalia), but this symptom is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette's.?

Did you know that 1 and 10 children per 1,000 have Tourette's;[2] as many as 10 per 1,000 people may have tic disorders? The more common tics of eye blinking, coughing, throat clearing, sniffing, and facial movements. 


Did you know that people with Tourette's have normal life expectancy and intelligence?


Did you know that the severity of the tics decreases for most children as they pass through adolescence, and extreme Tourette's in adulthood is a rarity?


 Did you know that Tics are sudden, repetitive, stereotyped, nonrhythmic movements (motor tics) and utterances (phonic tics) that involve discrete muscle groups?[8] Motor tics are movement-based tics, while phonic tics are involuntary sounds produced by moving air through the nose, mouth, or throat.


Did you know that their are several different symptom of Tourette's?


Did you know that Coprolalia (the spontaneous utterance of socially objectionable or taboo words or phrases) is the most publicized symptom of Tourette's, but it is not required for a diagnosis of Tourette's and only about 10% of Tourette's patients exhibit it?


Did you know that Echolalia (repeating the words of others) and palilalia (repeating one's own words) occur in a minority of cases,[8] while the most common initial motor and vocal tics are, respectively, eye blinking and throat clearing?


Did you know that a person with Tourette's has about a 50% chance of passing the gene(s) to one of his or her children, but Tourette's is a condition of variable expression and incomplete penetrance?


Did you know that not everyone who inherits the genetic vulnerability will show symptoms; even close family members may show different severities of symptoms, or no symptoms at all?


 . The gene(s) may express as Tourette's, as a milder tic disorder (transient or chronic tics), or as obsessive–compulsive symptoms without tics. Only a minority of the children who inherit the gene(s) have symptoms severe enough to require medical attention.
[36] Gender appears to have a role in the expression of the genetic vulnerability: males are more likely than females to express tics.
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