Tourette Syndrome


-Gilles de la Tourette syndrome is a chronic neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by multiple motor and phonic tics. 

-Tics are sudden, involuntary, rapid, uncontrollable, repetitive, nonrhythmic, stereotyped movements with no purpose. 

-Symptoms begin before 21 years of age, most often by the age of 11

-the course is one of remission and relapse.

-the disorder is more common in males than females 

Symptoms & Signs 

Tics typically start early, at 3–5 years of age, and peak around 9–12 years

Phonic Tics: Throat-clearing,gruting, barking, sniffing, hissing

Coprolalia: Vulgar or obscene speech 

Echolalia: Parroting the speech of others 

Echopraxia: Imitation of others’ movements 

Palilalia: Repetition of words or phrases 

Motor tics: Eye Blinking, facial grimacing, sniffing, hopping, jumping, and kicking, body gyrations, complex obscene gestures, neck jerking, shoulder shrugging 

Sensory tics: Tics consisting of pressure, tickling, and warm or cold sensations 

Behavioral disorders: Anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder, depression 


Diagnosis is made based on history and physical examination

Laboratory tests are normal 


Behavioral therapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy, Habit reversal training 


α-Adrenergic agonists: the first-line therapies

Clonidine: Most frequent side-effects are sedation, orthostatic hypotension, constipation 


Antipsychotics: Risperidone, Aripiprazole,olanzapine, ziprasidone, Haloperidol, Pimozide 

Botulinum toxin A injections 



-the disorder is chronic, with waxing and waning

-Majority will experience significant improvement by the end of adolescence (80%).

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.