Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome


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General information about symptoms of Tourette Syndrome: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Tourette Syndrome. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Tourette Syndrome. Furthermore, symptoms of Tourette Syndrome may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Tourette Syndrome.

List of symptoms of Tourette Syndrome: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Tourette Syndrome includes:

Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome: Although TS symptoms range from very mild to quite severe, the majority of cases fall into the mild category. The first symptoms of TS are usually facial tics - commonly eye blinking. With time, other motor tics may appear, such as head jerking, neck stretching, foot stamping, or body twisting and bending. It is not uncommon for a person with TS to continuously clear his or her throat, cough, sniff, grunt, yelp, bark, or shout. A person with TS may touch other people excessively or repeat actions obsessively and unnecessarily. A few patients with TS demonstrate self-harming behaviors such as lip and cheek biting and head banging. People with TS can sometimes suppress their tics for a short time, but eventually tension mounts to the point where the tic escapes. Tics worsen in stressful situations and improve when the person relaxes or is absorbed in an activity. 1

More symptoms of Tourette Syndrome: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Tourette Syndrome, underlying causes of Tourette Syndrome, associated conditions for Tourette Syndrome, risk factors for Tourette Syndrome, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:



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

Last revision: June 23, 2003

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