The young boy sat on a wooden chair, with eyes raised up,he starts to blink his eyes,almost simultaneously he hurls curses at a nearby passerby, within the next minute he shrugs his thin shoulders repeatedly, his parents are embarrassed, they quickly rush him out of the scene and into the room. What on earth could be the cause of this boy’s strange disease?, his mother asked, the boy’s father looks up as if the answers would fall from the sky.
The above scene could be strange to majority of us while a few might be able to relate. In any case, just only a few know of the disease called Tourette Syndrome,also called (TS).What is “TS”?. What are the symptoms of Tourette Syndrome?. What could be the causes of “TS”?. Are there any known cure?. What are the effects of this disease?. These and many more questions are likely racing through your mind, do not worry much, get yourself into a comfortable niche and try as much as possible to enjoy the ride!.

Tourette syndrome was named by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot for his intern, Georges Gilles de la Tourette , who published in 1885 an account of nine patients with a “convulsive tic disorder”. Although the disease was once considered as a rare disease, recent statistics show that about 1% of children and adults exhibit symptoms associated with Tourette Syndrome, thereby giving the disease an increasing popularity. In Nigeria, there are more than 100 thousand cases of Tourette syndrome per year.

The major symptoms associated with Tourette Syndrome are known as tics.What are tics?. Tics involve making repeated movements and sounds which are uncontrollable. In other words, they are rapid movements or sounds that are repeated over and over for no reason. A person with a tic cannot control the movement or sounds. They include
Throat clearing
Eye blinking
Shoulder shrugging
Blurting out offensive or unusual sounds

“TS” is a nervous system disorder that affects the brain and nerves and causes uncontrollable symptoms known as motor and vocal tics. Normally tics is a common occurrence among children, whether he/she has Tourette Syndrome or not. However, tics associated with Tourette Syndrome usually start when the child is between 5-10 years,intensify over the ages,9-13, and may go away over time. It is to be noted though,that not all who have tics have ‘TS”.

Tourette’s is usually associated with tics, whereas epilepsy is associated with seizures. Although both diseases stem from the disorder of the central nervous system(CNS), epilepsy is related to abnormal brain activity. The causes of epilepsy could vary from stoke to brain tumour, brain infection and others.

A seizure is a sudden uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain, which involve a period of symptoms such as uncontrolled shaking movements coupled with loss of consciousness or a subtle momentary loss of awareness. Most seizures last from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. A seizure that last for more than 5 minute is referred to as a case of medical emergency.

There is no known cause for Tourette syndrome and hence it cannot be prevented or avoided. Although researchers are of the opinion that “TS” is a combination of inherited (genetic) and environmental factors. Chemicals in the brain that transmit nerve impulses (neurotransmitters), including dopamine and serotonin might play a role.
However, if there is a family history of Tourette syndrome, it is very likely that a child in the family show symptoms of the syndrome. Perhaps it is more intriguing that males are about 3-4 times more likely than females to develop Tourette syndrome.

Tourette syndrome cannot be diagnosed by any lab test. It is usually suspected and likely confirmed after a series of examination in which the symptoms are examined and those not related are ruled out accordingly, to determine whether it is a possible “TS” syndrome case or not.

The symptoms associated with “TS” called tics can have effects on a person physical, mental and emotional well-being, the behavioural and social challenges associated with Tourette Syndrome can harm victim’s self-image. While there are other conditions that are associated with children having “TS”, these conditions include
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Sleep disorder
Learning disabilities
Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD)
Severe symptoms might significantly interfere with communication and quality of life.

There is no known cure for “TS”, and many people with the syndrome do not need treatment if symptoms are not troublesome, most symptoms lessen or become controlled after teen years. However, behavioural therapy could be useful,there are also some medications that could help but the side effects of these medications are worse than the symptoms themselves.
Hmmm..really exhausted right?. I hope however, you have satisfied your curiosity as regards the TOURETTE SYNDROME, it has been quite a ride, thanks for reading the article to the end, and stay blessed.

Written by
University of Medical Sciences, Ondo State, NIGERIA.


This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Gbemisola

    Great write-up.
    Thanks for the enlightenment

  2. Henry bravo

    Write up
    (Learnt intriguing things)

  3. Okwute

    Oh… The brain disorder with the tics.

    Causes jerks and for some reason in most cases I’ve seen…. A lot of swearing.

    Or vulgarity. I almost like it. But I guess it’s kind of painful for them and could get worse with violence.

    Check out Sweet Amanda on YouTube. she’s got Tourette’s and she’s a gamer. It’s always kinda funny when she says something inappropriate while streaming.

    But it’s all love cuz everyone understands her

  4. ultrainstinct1

    I just learnt something.. Bravo

  5. TonnyJnr

    Honestly, I cannot thank admin med zone tv enough. Such an enlighten up is worth appreciative. At least, I’ve learnt something new.

  6. damhilola

    According to what i studied and some research sir……our brains z always more faster than our hands and mouth…..but most of us don’t even know this….so they use their intelligence for something else….thinking they can’t cope…..
    But the funniest thing z that it doesn’t happen when singing🤔…..then i found a solution just to eradicate it gradually….i diverted into music….so using this it helps to reform my brain gradually so the rate at which i stammer now z very low that you no one can actually notice it……because challenges are always much🤦🏻‍♂️ peer pressure and others buh not withstanding i don’t think that should move me…i remembered vividly in my secondary school days….i only got average scores in my school exam just because i don’t want to be called out for debates or competition……buh my classmates do tell me that i shouldn’t do that…the day i failed chemistry in my first term in ss2 i wanted to meet up in the second term so i scored about 95….my teacher was astonished and decided to call me to his office for another exam ….i got 90…so he nominated for chemistry debates and outings…but i told him i can’t ….he didn’t listen…..i was very confused then..but he later understood what i told him but he still take me with them to the outings……the only thing i do is just to answer questions that the representative doesn’t know but gradually…i was interested too…because i know i can answer those questions….so i tried my luck one day…i was talking with ease and not rushing then i gained confidence…….after then i felt nothing is actually wrong with me…..since then i was never down…i even opened a tutorial class in my school then……so i believe that’s who we are who kno…..if i am able to speak normally…..i might not use what am having wisely….
    That’s just all i have to say.
    Thank you

  7. Dailamiyyu

    Nice write up. Learnt something from the post.

  8. David Imoh

    This was really educating
    I got so emotional after reading this
    Thank you very much for this piece✨

  9. Oderinde Gideon

    Thank you for the write up, truly enlightening

  10. Pelz

    Thanks for the enlightenment.
    A wonderful write up.

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