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La Tourette's Disorder

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Author(s): Gabriel Fernando Oviedo Lugo

Journal: MedUNAB
ISSN 0123-7047

Volume: 7;
Issue: 20;
Start page: 125;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: Tourette’s disorder | epidemiology | etiology | diagnosis | comorbidity | treatment

ABSTRACT
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a complex neuropsychiatric disorder in which tic symptoms emerge prior to age of 18 and have, at least, a minimum duration of 12 months. This disorder produces distress and impairs normal functioning; it has a well-known chronic-waxing and waning course. TS has several comorbid conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, and learning disorders, among others. This article will review the epidemiologic, etiologic and phenomenological concepts of the disease and its therapeutic perspectives.

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