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Tourette's syndrome?

What is Tourette’s Syndrome?

Tourette's syndrome is a neurological disorder in which the patient exhibits brief involuntary movements or sounds that are called tics. It usually begins in childhood, usually before the age of 10. The exact cause of the abnormality is unknown but is thought to be genetic because most people who show symptoms of Tourette's have other family members who display similar symptoms. There is no diagnostic test for Tourette’s syndrome. The diagnosis is based on the history and observed patterns of behaviour. There is no specific cure for the syndrome. Drug treatment is dictated by the pattern of signs and symptoms and is tailored for the individual. There is no “one size fits all” type of treatment.