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Tourette syndrome (TS or Tourettes) is a disorder characterized by involuntary sounds and movements called tics. It ranges in severity from mild to serious. While Tourette syndrome is not life threatening, people with the most severe cases can involuntarily injure themselves.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican neurologists offer thoughtful neurological care for Tourette syndrome in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. Find a Doctor online or call 702.616.4900 to speak with someone today.
Doctors do not know how this neurological condition develops, but research suggests it is an inherited condition. Scientists think there is a range of environmental, genetic, and developmental factors that contribute to a Tourette syndrome diagnosis. Men have a higher risk of developing Tourette syndrome than women.
The symptoms of Tourette syndrome include different types of vocal or motor tics, which can be simple or complex.
Vocal (phonic) tics involve sounds. Simple vocal tics include shouting, grunting, sniffing, and clearing the throat. Motor tics involve some kind of movement. Simple motor tics include grimacing, blinking, shoulder shrugging, and arm or head jerking.
Complex tics involve more than one type of sound or movement. They sometimes include actions that appear voluntary, including uttering words, jumping, or touching things.
The most severe cases of Tourette syndrome can involve harmful motor tics, such as punching oneself. They may also include inappropriate vocal tics such as echoing what other people say or swearing. These cases of Tourette syndrome are less common than milder forms.
Treatment depends on the severity of Tourette syndrome symptoms. Mild cases may need no treatment at all. Tourette syndrome in childhood may improve or even disappear by adulthood. More serious cases of Tourette syndrome can interfere with daily life. In these cases, several forms of treatment are available:
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides treatment for Tourette syndrome in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.