What increases my risk for Tourette syndrome?

Your risk of getting Tourette syndrome may be greater if you have a family history of the condition. The presence of other tic disorders in your family could also raise your risk. Also, three times more men than women have Tourette syndrome.

Scientists are studying the causes of and risk factors for Tourette syndrome (TS) in an effort to understand it better, and to find better ways to manage TS and to reduce the chances of a person having TS. Some studies have shown that the following factors might be associated with TS, but additional research is needed to better understand these associations: mother drinking alcohol or smoking during pregnancy, complications during birth, infection and low birthweight.

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