Basic Summary for Tourette Syndrome


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Main name of condition: Tourette Syndrome
Other names or spellings: TS, Gilles de la Tourette syndrome


What is Tourette Syndrome?
  Brief description of Tourette Syndrome: Syndrome with involuntary movements or sounds.
  Parent types of Tourette Syndrome: Brain conditions, Mental illness
  Organs Affected by Tourette Syndrome: brain
Who gets Tourette Syndrome?
  Patient Profile for Tourette Syndrome: Symptoms usually appear before 18. First tics usually noticed in childhood.
  Profile for Tourette Syndrome: The symptoms of TS generally appear before the individual is 18 years old. 1
  Gender Profile for Tourette Syndrome: More common in males
How serious is Tourette Syndrome?
  Prognosis of Tourette Syndrome: Good. Normal life span. Not degenerative. May improve with age.
  Prognosis of Tourette Syndrome: There is no cure for TS; however, the condition in many individuals improves as they mature. Individuals with TS can expect to live a normal life span. Although TS is generally lifelong and chronic, it is not degenerative. In a few cases, complete remission occurs after adolescence. 1
What causes Tourette Syndrome?
  Class of Condition for Tourette Syndrome: behavior, genetic autosomal dominant
What are the symptoms of Tourette Syndrome?
  Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome: see symptoms of Tourette Syndrome
Can anyone else get Tourette Syndrome?
  Inheritance: see inheritance of Tourette Syndrome
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Tourette Syndrome: see treatments for Tourette Syndrome

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NINDS Tourette Syndrome Information Page: NINDS

Last revision: June 23, 2003

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