A history of the tourette syndrome


The early symptoms of TS are typically noticed first in childhood, with the average onset between the ages of 3 and 9 years. Many children develop tics that go away on their own after a few weeks or months.

Future treatment for tourettes

Most patients experience peak tic severity before the mid-teen years with improvement for the majority of patients in the late teen years and early adulthood. Rapid advances in the technology of gene discovery will allow for genome-wide screening approaches in TS, and finding a gene or genes for TS would be a major step toward understanding genetic risk factors. Many neuroleptic side effects can be managed by initiating treatment slowly and reducing the dose when side effects occur. Neuroleptics drugs that may be used to treat psychotic and non-psychotic disorders are the most consistently useful medications for tic suppression; a number are available but some are more effective than others for example, haloperidol and pimozide. But psychogenic claims continued to be challenged by evidence implicating physiological causes of tics. TS does not impair intelligence. For example, parents may think that eye blinking is related to vision problems or that sniffing is related to seasonal allergies. Not all tics indicate Tourette syndrome. Other complex motor tics may actually appear purposeful, including sniffing or touching objects, hopping, jumping, bending, or twisting.

Research into the condition was delayed for many decades, but interest began to increase from the s and, today, many scientists and clinicians around the world are studying the disorder. However, people with TS often report a substantial buildup in tension when suppressing their tics to the point where they feel that the tic must be expressed against their will.

However, supportive therapy can help a person with TS better cope with the disorder and deal with the secondary social and emotional problems that sometimes occur.

Developing and applying standardized instruments, along with a greater awareness of ascertainment bias in recruitment sources, will be important in genetic studies. To appreciate what first led Gilles de la Tourette to Tourette syndrome, however, it is necessary to turn to an article that he published a year earlier.

Studies of Tourette's neurophysiology and neuropathology are attempting to link deficits in Tourette's to specific brain mechanisms, and have taken advantage of a brain bank sponsored by the TSA.

Students may require tutoring, smaller or special classes, and in some cases special schools. It is also possible that the gene-carrying offspring will not develop any TS symptoms.

Tic syndrome

It is also possible that the gene-carrying offspring will not develop any TS symptoms. This increase, coupled with advances in neuropathological techniques, has led to initial findings with implications for neuroimaging studies and animal models of TS. Genetic studies. The authors are intrigued by the possibility of a neurobiologic cause. Later, however, Dr. Although the symptoms of TS are involuntary, some people can sometimes suppress, camouflage, or otherwise manage their tics in an effort to minimize their impact on functioning. Original atricle without bibliography appeared in the Quarterly Newsletter of the Tourette Association, Winter , Vol. Other medications may also be useful for reducing tic severity, but most have not been as extensively studied or shown to be as consistently useful as neuroleptics.

Pediatrics Jul Scientists hope that future studies will include a thorough discussion of the risks and benefits of stimulants in those with TS or a family history of TS and will clarify this issue.

In addition, although most individuals with TS experience a significant decline in motor and vocal tics in late adolescence and early adulthood, the associated neurobehavioral conditions may persist.

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History of Tourette Syndrome