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tourette syndrome

Tourette Syndrome is a medical condition that makes a person make sudden, repeated movements or sounds that they cannot control. It usually starts when someone is between 5 and 18 years old. The movements or sounds made by someone with Tourette Syndrome are called tics. Tics can happen a lot, or not very often, and they can be different each time. People with Tourette Syndrome can also say words or phrases that they don't mean to say. This symptom is called “coprolalia”. It isn’t very common, though. Doctors don’t know what causes Tourette Syndrome, but they think it’s because of a problem with how the brain works. There is no cure for Tourette Syndrome, but doctors can give medicines to help.