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New AAN guideline for treating Tourette syndrome

Dr Tamara Pringsheim, University of Calgary, Canada
AAN 2019
For people with Tourette syndrome and other chronic tic disorders, effective treatments are available that may help improve symptoms, according to a new AAN guideline [1]. The guideline is endorsed by the Child Neurology Society and the EAN. The authors emphasised that treatment should be individualised, and be a collaborative decision of the patient, caregiver, and clinician. Treatment options include watchful waiting, the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), and medication. Recommendations on how to offer and monitor these therapies have been provided. “It is important that doctors let patients know that tics may improve with time,” said guideline lead author Dr Tamara Pringsheim (University of Calgary, Canada). “Treatments can help decrease tic frequency and severity, but they rarely eliminate all tics.” Some of the recommendations include: Clinicians should inform patients and caregivers that watchful waiting is an...

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