Tourette's Syndrome Overview
Tourette's syndrome is a complex neuropsychiatric condition characterized by the presence of tics, which are usually associated with other disorders such as:
This tic disorder was first described by Georges Gilles de la Tourette in 1885.
The first signs and symptoms are seen most often around the ages of 6 to 8; however, in some cases the first signs are seen at an earlier age, and in other cases they start in adolescence.
Tourette's syndrome occurs in about 0.5% of school age children, but when chronic tic disorders are included, the prevalence increases to 2% of the general population.
Norberto Alvarez, MD