In 1825, the first case of Tourette’s Syndrome was reported in medical literature
The patient was described as having motor tics, which are small, involuntary movements in the muscles, and coprolalia.
Coprolalia is a vocal tic where people with it repeat phrases or make other socially innapropriate comments. However, less than 15% of people with Tourette’s syndrome have coprolalia.
A French neurologist named Georges Gilles de la Tourette came out with many details of patients with similar symptoms to the case in 1825. Georges was named after the syndrome by a European neurologist.
Tourette’s Syndrome is not contagious, and studies show that it is a genetic disorder. It is either inherited, and goes from the parent to the child, or is occurs during development in the uterus. The diagram on slide 8 shows how certain substances make Tourette’s Syndrome more likely to occur.
Doctors and researchers are always learning new information about TS, and what causes a person to get it.
Most people with Tourette’s Syndrome experience the worst symptoms in their early teens.
I chose Tourette’s Syndrome for my human disease project because it seemed very interesting, and I wanted to learn more about the symptoms, causes, and medications.
The most interesting thing that I learned about TS was that the symptoms are worst in the early to late teens, and that they can even become less frequent and disappear during adulthood!
I learned a lot about the disease from the article on Tourette’s Syndrome from Teens Health. It included facts on how it is caused, how to treat it, and things you can do if you see someone with TS.
I am still wondering if there are any medications that can make tics go away altogether, and if there is progress on finding a cure for the syndrome.
I think that my report is very complete, and shows many symptoms and theories of the possible causes of the syndrome. Also, I included the history of Tourette’s Syndrome, and how it was first discovered. However, the report was difficult because there is no cure for the disease, and scientists and neurologists are always finding out more facts and new theories about Tourette’s Syndrome.