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Tourette’s Patient to Undergo Surgery

by Kathy Jones on February 5, 2011 at 7:05 PM
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 Tourette’s Patient to Undergo Surgery

Mike Sullivan is pinning all his hopes on a radical surgery for the treatment of his Tourette's syndrome and is looking forward to resuming his job as a wedding registrar.

Tourette's syndrome is a neurological disorder that is characterized by "tics", involuntary muscle and vocal movements. Sullivan said that while he had not faced any major problems before, the tics had worsened recently and is willing to undergo the surgery that has already shown marked improvements in six previous patients suffering from the condition.

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Doctors at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery are currently conducting trials for the novel surgery that involves insertion of electrodes in the brain in order to send electric impulses to stimulate the brain and stop the damaging signals.

"I suffer from involuntary arm and head movements. I stick my tongue out and make noises such as squeaks, but I don't swear. I have pinned all my hopes on this operation", he said.




Source: Medindia
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