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Conditions We Treat: Tourette Syndrome

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a disorder that affects movement and behavior, and usually shows up in children between the ages of 2 and 15. The main symptom is repeated, uncontrolled vocal sounds or words, or muscle jerks. Many children will outgrow these symptoms. Tourette syndrome can be addressed with medication, but for older teens and young adults with debilitating symptoms that don’t respond to medicine, neuromodulation may offer relief.


Advanced Treatments for Tourette Syndrome: Why Choose Johns Hopkins?

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  • Patients start therapy at the Neurostimulation and Advanced Treatments Center with a comprehensive assessment that helps our experts recommend the most effective, least invasive treatment plan.
  • Our team of practitioners stays current on new research findings about how neuromodulation modalities, including deep brain stimulation (DBS), can affect the symptoms of Tourette disorder and other neuropsychiatric problems.
  • You can benefit from the insights of our multidisciplinary team of neuropsychologists, neurologists and neurosurgeons who work together with the best possible outcome in mind.

Tourette Syndrome Treatment: What to Expect

Starting with a multidisciplinary evaluation, our team works with you to formulate a personalized medicine approach to controlling Tourette symptoms. We seek the best possible results with the least amount of stress on the patient’s life.

We ensure you have a clear view of what may be expected from the various treatments so you can make an informed decision for yourself or your child.

The treatment plan may include DBS, which, similar to a pacemaker, provides a mild current to help regulate electrical activity in the brain.

The surgeon makes a small opening in the skull and in the covering of the brain, and inserts one or more leads, then connects them to the wires leading to the neurostimulator, a small device surgically placed in the chest or abdomen. The neurostimulator sends gentle electrical signals to the lead(s) to regulate the abnormal electric activity in the brain that leads to Tourette symptoms.


Dr. Kelly Mills, M.D.
Kelly Mills, M.D., Co-Director of the Neuromodulation and Advanced Treatments Center

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