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Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome

Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder that begins in childhood. This disorder is characterized by repetitive movements or unwanted sounds that can't be controlled (tics). For example, a person may repeatedly blink his eyes or jerk his head. Tics often start at about the age 2 and can continue into adulthood but are less severe than in childhood.

Tics are sudden, brief movements or sounds and are the hallmark sign of Tourette syndrome. Severe symptoms interfere with one's communication, daily functioning as well as quality of life.

What causes this disorder?

It is said that Tourette's tends to run in families. But there are other factors that may increase one's risk and these include:

• A woman who has severe nausea and vomiting during the first trimester of her pregnancy, under severe stress when pregnant, who had a lot of coffee during pregnancy, smoked cigarettes or even drank alcohol during pregnancy
• A low birth weight
• Lack of oxygen or blood supply during birth
• Brain abnormalities

If youre child displays involuntary movements or sounds, contact your paediatrician because not all tics indicate Tourette syndrome!

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