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What is Tourette Syndrome?

Tourette syndrome is a problem of the nervous system that results in sudden and involuntary movements or sounds. These sudden movements or sounds are called tics and are different for different people..

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Tourette syndrome is a problem of the nervous system that results in sudden and involuntary movements or sounds. These sudden movements or sounds are called tics and are different for different people. Tourette’s can be severe or mild, often with onset in childhood. As a child grows, the symptoms may disappear or reduce, and for some they completely go away. The basal ganglia are a part of the brain that is linked with Tourette syndrome. Any differences in this area of the brain can affect the nerve cells. The exact cause of the problem appearing in the brain is not known, but genetics play a vital role. People with a family history of Tourette's, OCD or ADHD are more likely to develop Tourette syndrome. The Tics can vary from slight movements such as blinking or twitching and be more severe such as shaking of the head or arms. Similarly, the sounds can be mild such as clearing the throat or sniffing and may be severe like shouting or yelling out words.

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Tourette Syndrome
Symptoms
Symptoms

The major symptoms of this disease are:

  • Motor tics such as blinking, twitching, shrugging, and making faces.
  • Vocal tics such as barking, yelling, grunting, coughing, swearing, or sniffing.

 

Causes
Causes

The exact causes of this disease are not known. Some of the probable causes of this disease are:

  • Differences and problems in the basal ganglia.
  • Trouble in the brain network.
  • Genes.

 

 

Risks
Risks

The risks factor of this disease are:

  • Family history.
  • Gender: Males are more likely to get affected by this disease.

 

Prevention
Prevention

The disease is very difficult to prevent, but early detection and treatment can reduce the severity of the disease.

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