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J Neurosci Nurs. 1991 Jun;23(3):148-57.

Nursing implications of Tourette's syndrome.

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Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Maryland.


Gilles de la Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder of gradual childhood onset which usually persists for life. Manifestations include motor, vocal and sensory tics. Behavioral manifestations such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit disorder and learning disabilities may also occur. Nurses can play a major role in assisting patients and their families, through education and fostering effective coping mechanisms, to adjust to Tourette's syndrome. Through a case study and review of the literature, this article presents the etiology, manifestations, management and nursing implications of Tourette's syndrome.

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