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An Updated Overview of The Complex Clinical Spectrum of Tourette Syndrome

[ Vol. 15 , Issue. 2 ]


Natan Gadoth*   Pages 86 - 91 ( 6 )


Background: Tourette syndrome is reflectively and quite erroneously associated by many as a syndrome with tics and swearing. However, the syndrome is a complex neuropsychiatric disorder consisting of features known as Tourette syndrome combined with several serious comorbidities justifying the quite recent term of Tourette disorder rather than “syndrome”. Unfortunately, the published literature is mostly dedicated to tics, while mentioning the comorbidities only briefly.

Objective: The study aimed to provide a brief description of the “many faces” of Tourette syndrome.

Methods: This study included a summary of the relevant published literature.

Results: The literature review provided indicates that this rare neuropsychiatric clinical syndrome is more a multidisciplinary “disorder” rather than a” syndrome”.

Conclusion: Patients with Tourette disorder should be evaluated and treated by a multidisciplinary team.


Tourette Syndrome, tics, coprolalia, self-mutilation, ADHD, OCD, sleep.


The Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv

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