Gilles de la Tourette syndrome


What is Gilles de la Tourette syndrome?

People with Tourette syndrome have a problem with their nervous system (brain and nerves). This can cause uncontrolled physical actions like jerky movements, repetitive twitches and or repeating sounds. These movements and sounds are called tics. Some people with Tourette syndrome have verbal tics. They are unable to stop themselves from making a sound or saying a word repeatedly. Others have motor tics where they are unable to control certain movements. We do not quite understand why some people experience these tics and others do not, but it seems that our genes play a role in our risk. There is no cure for Tourette syndrome, but treatment can help manage the tics for some patients. If you or someone you know has movements or sounds they cannot control talk to your doctor about the possibility of Tourette syndrome.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • • DATE UPDATED: 2016-06-25


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