Tourette's syndrome is hereditary neurological and behavioral disorder commonly onset during childhood. Symptoms of Tourette's include motor or vocal "tics" and psychiatric disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

The effects Tourette's syndrome can vary from person to person. Some patients can have a transient tic disorder that lasts less than a year and disappears while others can have the full-blown neurobehavioral disorder characterized by all of the features noted above and others as well. Some patients have chronic multiple motor tic disorder without vocal tics, while others will have vocal tics without motor tics. While some patients may have very mild symptoms of Tourette's, others experience symptoms severe enough to interfere with their ability to participate in school, work, and other activities.

The cause of this disease is unknown and the genetic basis of Tourette's syndrome also remains a mystery.

Tourette's Syndrome Treatments & Services

Emory provides several medicinal treatments for Tourette's syndrome, including clonidine and dopamine antagonist agents. Our treatments include medicine, surgery and therapeutic procedures, rehabilitation, and psychiatric services for movement disorder patients. Although they can be helpful in controlling tics and the behavioral disorders associated with Tourette's, medications may be difficult to tolerate and only provide partial relief. New Tourette's treatments are currently under investigation.

The Emory Functional Neurosurgery Program seeks to deliver the highest quality care for patients requiring neurosurgical treatment for disorders of neurological function. The mission is propelled by active research into the underlying mechanisms of disease, novel therapies and technologies, in order to improve the care of our patients.