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Advances in Tourette’s syndrome

Robertson, Neil P. ORCID: 2023. Advances in Tourette’s syndrome. Journal of Neurology 270 (3) , pp. 1808-1810. 10.1007/s00415-023-11588-3

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Tourette’s is a neurodevelopmental disorder usually beginning in childhood or adolescence and presents with involuntary tics or vocalisations and is more common in males. It has an overall childhood prevalence of around 0.6% and has no ethnic or socio-economic predilection. Most affected children have another mental, behavioural, or developmental disorder with the commonest being anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and struggle with social competence and skills. Around one third of people with Tourette’s also have obsessive–compulsive disorder. Although in many cases tics decrease during adolescence and early adulthood, and indeed can disappear completely, some continue tics into adulthood and may even worsen. As a result, Tourette’s represents somewhat of a ‘Peter Pan’ disorder in that it commonly straddles care boundaries between child and adult neurology, psychiatric and psychology services.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Additional Information: License information from Publisher: LICENSE 1: URL:, Type: open-access
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0340-5354
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 March 2023
Date of Acceptance: 23 January 2023
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 08:59

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